After a lovely lunch everyone returns to court, Juan gets half a sentence out and Nurmi asks for a sidebar which of course happens. We continue with Demarte talking about her interview with Taylor, a friend of Travis’. Taylor said that Travis was irritated with Jodie because she would hack his Facebook account, show up uninvited, help herself to things, etc. She behaved erratically according to DeMarte.
Next DeMarte talked about her interview with Sky Hughes. Sky told her that Jodi would wait outside the bathroom door for him to come out and outside his bedroom door while he talked on the phone with others while they were at her house. Sky says she followed him all over the house. She says Travis caught her listening outside the bathroom door to his phone call with Deanna and chased her off and she returned to spy again.
DeMarte tries to discuss her interview with Daryl Brewer but Nurmi objects. Nonetheless, DeMarte is allowed to continue. She says that According to Daryl, Jodi continues to call and show up uninvited at his home a great deal after they broke up. She would claim she was in town and ask to do laundry or eat. Daryl says that Jodi never overreacted but she was clingy and whiney at times.
Next, DeMarte talks about Matt. Matt said he moved to get away from Jodi Arias. She cried a lot when they broke up and she guilted him in to seeing her. He moved to work at Crater Lake and Jodi showed up to confront a fellow employee he was seeing at the time. He was out of town and she slept in his dorm bed without his permission. After all of these excerpts, DeMarte makes some sort of summation that shows her behaviors are those of someone with borderline personality. Those with borderline personality are quick to idolize them and then can turn and demonize and devalue them. She knew she was going to marry Travis immediately and when that delusion did not happen she justified killing him by saying that he was a bad person and was able to leave the murder scene and drive straight to a makeout session with Ryan Burns with no internal conflict.
DeMarte says once again that her friends and family referred to her as a chameleon whose personality changed according to who she was with. For example, the “likes” on her My Space page were identical to Travis Alexander’s.
Since the afternoon session begin, Jodi’s mitigation specialist, Maria De La Rosa has been sitting next to Jodi who seems to dislike what she is hearing.
A text between Travis and Regan Housley discusses Jodi’s erratic behavior. She is hysterical that he no longer wants to see her. He is worried she might kill herself. She continues to stalk him. He tells her to expect angry messages from her since they are talking. Travis refers to Jodi as “crafty” and “scary.” At the time of this conversation according to Travis they have been broken up for a year. They joke that she has probably already hacked his account to read this tweet. Travis says to keep watch on her car tires.
We move on to tests of Jodi anger issues. She answered “often” in response to how often she feels anger in a variety of situations. She has aggressive outbursts. She has kicked her mother. Jodi has been suicidal since 1997. Jodi’s parents confirmed that is when she began having suicidal thoughts. DeMarte gets in Jodi’s statement that “no jury would convict her” on a televised interview prior to conviction. She later claimed the reason she said that was that she had plans to commit suicide. Jodi tells the now age old, I was going to slit my wrist but that really hurt so I didn’t, story.
DeMarte says that Jodi has BPD not PTSD. It really seems to me that DeMarte is doing the best job of making a mitigation argument and she is on the prosecution’s side. Martinez is done with the witness. Nurmi asks to wait until tomorrow to cross-examine the witness. Granted. Court over. Total Sidebar tall for the day? An even 20.
Thanks for reading and sharing these recaps. If you missed any, you can find them here. I liked the Slim Highway and most of the December recaps the best. The defense witnesses made for some hysterical recaps. The prosecution witness are pretty straightforward and humorless. Like it’s a death penalty trial or something.