Today in the center ring, we begin with a very long sidebar despite the jury not even being in the room. It was expected that Judge Stephens would rule on the defense motion to remove the death penalty. But eventually, the jury comes in and the Judge makes no public statement about whatever they talked about.
On the stand first today is Detective Flores. Again. Because, Arizona. Wilmott questions Flores about all aspects of securing the crime scene and collecting evidence. She focuses on the electronics. Flores said he picked up a pen at the crime scene to touch a key with and the laptop woke up out of sleep mode. Apparently, this is allowed but caused the computer to overwrite data. I don’t think that really happens. But it seems to be taken as fact by everyone. In later testimony Flores says that he is not sure if he spoke to a forensics expert before checking out the laptop from evidence and giving the defense team the power cord to power it up.
Less than an hour in, the defense calls for a sidebar that results in a 20 minute recess and the jury goes out again. The testimony will continue outside the presence of the jury. Because, Arizona. Willmott asks if Juan asked for the nude photos of Jodi. Juan asks Flores if he remembers any specific conversations from the day the evidence was examined on the laptop. He says he does not. Willmott tells the judge that Flores is changing his testimony for Martinez. Judge doesn’t care. Then she says that she wants Juan removed from the case so he can be called as a witness. Judge says no. She also says whether or not Juan asked for the nude photos is irrelevant. Nurmi steps in to say that Flores will testify to whatever Juan wants him to and that Juan is a pervert who just wanted to see the nude pictures. Trust and believe no one wants to see Jodi nude unless they are a male on death row with absolutely nothing else in their spank tank.
Over in the other rings, the motion to remove the death penalty will not be ruled on until the anonymous fake beard wearing guy testifies on Wednesday. And the secret transcripts, all 400 pages will be released tomorrow.
Back in the center ring, Willmott points out that Officer Melendez in the original trial said there was no porn. Flores admits that there was. Willmott lists all the porn on the computer by smutty website names. Lots of them. Venus Monster Anal Fuck Machine seems to be the crowd favorite. Melendez testified that there was no porn found on the laptop during THIS trial. Flores points out that the defense experts had not found any either.
Juan crosses Flores and they point out that the scene was not pristine because all of the roommates had been in it. Martinez points out that Jodi locked the door to Travis’ bedroom when she left. Juan points out that procedures for handling electronic evidence have changed since the murder. He begins reading the 2009 guidelines and the defense freaks and wants a sidebar. Which of course the get from Judge Sherry “Sidebar” Stephens. Even though Flores is being a good little soldier, Juan is giving him the YES OR NO treatment. Juan screams at Flores, “You didn’t know that what they were doing was modifying the information on that computer, did you?!” referring to the defense attorneys at the time. Defense objects. Sustained. Jury told to forget they heard that.
After lunch we begin with the customary sidebar and then Juan continues questioning Flores about the porn, if there was porn, when it was found just like all of this matters in the slightest. Juan posts out that there was no porn on the computer, just a history of a visit to a porn site. WHATEVER. WHO CARES?
Martinez makes Flores say again that there was history on the laptop of Travis visiting porn sites. She also makes him acknowledge the defense did not get the 2008 image until 2014.
And they are done. There was one juror question. It was not read or asked after a sidebar discussion. I’m guessing it was something like. “What does porn on a laptop have to do with anything?” or “Who cares?” or “How can you even tell if it was Travis that went to the porn site?” or “What the fuck is wrong with you people?”
No trial tomorrow because the next witness is scheduled for Wednesday when the “John Smith” and his fake beard will return. I can hardly wait. I am interested in the 400 pages of transcripts.