(PHOENIX) — Accused murderer Jodi Arias testified Wednesday that her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, had a “Bill Clinton view of sex” because Alexander was eager for oral and anal sex to get around Mormon church rules against premarital sex.
“It seemed like Travis kind of had a Bill Clinton version of sex, where oral and anal sex were also sex to me, but not for him,” Arias told the court Wednesday.
Arias’ remark came on her second day on the stand while describing, often in detail, what she said were the sexual demands by Alexander in the early days of their tumultuous affair that ended when she stabbed and shot Alexander to death.
Her comment refers to former President Bill Clinton’s famous denial that he had sex with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, claiming they only had oral sex and not intercourse.
Arias’ defense attorneys have been using her testimony to portray Alexander as obsessed with sex and secrecy, outwardly pretending to be a chaste church elder who had no interest in Arias while continuing to ask her for nude photos of herself, oral sex and eventually intercourse.
Arias’ lawyers are hoping that a sympathetic portrayal of Arias as Alexander’s physically and emotionally abused girlfriend will bolster her claim that she killed Alexander in self-defense. Arias stabbed her lover 27 times, slashed his throat, and shot him twice in the head in 2008, two years after they met and began their affair.
The prosecution alleges that Arias killed Alexander out of jealousy. She could face the death penalty if convicted of his murder.
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