Trial has begun for a Latina charged with the gruesome murder of her ex-boyfriend.
According to People, investigators are saying that 32-year-old Jodi Arias brutally stabbed one-time boyfriend Travis Alexander 27 times in June 2008. Alexander, who was a Mormon and executive at a marketing company, met the soft-spoken Arias at a conference in Las Vegas in 2006. The two dated long-distance for a few months and Arias later moved to Mesa, Arizona – where Alexander lived. She allegedly began stalking Alexander (and even slashed his tires) after finding out he was dating other women.
Prosecutors say Arias attacked Alexander in a jealous rage – stabbing him, slitting his throat, and then shooting him in the head. A camera was later found in Alexander’s washing machine and, in it, photos of him in the shower before the murder. There is also an intimate sex tape of both Alexander and Arias, and a photo of Arias dragging Alexander’s dead body across the floor.
Arias’ story of that deadly day has changed several times. In a series of jailhouse interviews taped after she was arrested in July 2008, Arias repeatedly told officials she didn’t hurt Alexander.
“I would never hurt Travis. I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime,” she said in one video.
After the camera was found, Arias spoke to Inside Edition and maintained that she was there at the scene, but did not kill Alexander. She said a couple dressed in black did.
Arias wiped away tears in the courtroom this week as new details emerged from the trial – her team painted a picture of Alexander as not a devout Mormon, but a sexual deviant. They also said Arias killed in self-defense – a very different story from what Arias told after she was arrested in 2008.
A phone call between Arias and the lead detective on her ex-boyfriend’s murder case was recently revealed in court. In it, Arias offered any assistance she could provide to Detective Steve Flores, and lied to the detective about not being in Alexander’s town at the time of the murder.
The Jodi Arias case is already being propped as one of the most-watched trials since Casey Anthony. If convicted of murder, Arias could become the fourth woman on Arizona’s death row.