Opening Statements For Ex-Boyfriend Murder Trial Begins Today
Today the Jodi Arias trial has begun, a trial the Huffington Post describes as arguably one of the most prominent cases since Casey Anthony was acquitted of killing her daughter.
Arias has been in custody for more than four years for the June 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Friends found him in his Arizona home, dead in his shower. He was stabbed 27 times, shot in the head, and his throat had been slit.
The Huffington Post reports:
Investigators found several vital clues inside Alexander’s bedroom and bathroom. A spent .25-caliber shell casing was located on the floor near the sink, and a hair and a small latent print in blood were found near the entrance of the bathroom hall. Also, a digital camera was found in the washing machine in the downstairs laundry room. The camera appeared as though it had been run through the wash cycle. When questioned by police, Alexander’s friends and family members indicated that Arias should be questioned. “[Arias] was totally obsessed with him,” Alexander’s close friend Sky Hughes told The Huffington Post.
The defense is prepared to argue that the murder of Alexander was not premeditated, but Arias has already told investigators three different stories. First, she said that she hadn’t seen Alexander since April of 2008, but lewd pictures of the two, taken days before Alexander was found dead, were recovered from a camera found in Alexander’s washing machine. Arias then stated that she witnessed Alexander being attacked by two individuals, but she was able to escape. And today, she pleads not guilty, stating that she only killed Alexander in self-defense.
If she is convicted, Arias faces the death penalty.
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