Jodi Arias Denied Guilt After Told of Sex Photos, DNA
(PHOENIX) — A defiant Jodi Arias insisted she was innocent of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander even after a detective told her that he had nude photos of them together on the day he died.
“Are you sure it’s me? Because I was not there,” Arias is heard saying in the police interrogation tape played for the Arizona jury on Monday.
When Detective Esteban Flores tells Arias she is seen in pigtails in the photos, she asks with a tone of incredulity, “Pigtails?”
As Flores laid out more incriminating evidence, including that investigators found DNA of their blood mixed together, her hair stuck with blood and her palm print in blood, Arias was insistent.
“I would not hurt Travis. I would not hurt Travis. I would not do that to him,” she told Flores.
At another point Arias said, “If I hurt Travis I would beg for the death penalty.”
“Jodi, this is over. … you have to tell me the truth,” Flores says. The detective suggests a motive for the killing to be jealousy, and cites the opinion of Alexander’s friends.
“They don’t just say you were jealous. You were absolutely obsessed… a fatal attraction,” Flores is heard on the tape.
Arias, now 32, has since admitted to killing Alexander following their tryst in 2008, but has claimed it was self-defense. She is accused of stabbing Alexander 27 times in the chest, back and head, slashing his throat from ear to ear, and shooting him in the head with a .25 caliber handgun.
Arias is charged with murdering her ex-boyfriend in a “heinous and depraved” way and could face the death penalty if convicted. The interrogation tape was played after the jury was shown sexually graphic photos that police recovered from Alexander’s digital camera. Among the pictures were shots of Arias and Alexander posing naked on Alexander’s bed, as well as pictures of Alexander in the shower.
Those photos were the last pictures of Alexander while he was alive.
The final photos in the series show a body partly covered in blood on the bathroom floor.
Arias looked away from the screen in the courtroom where the sexual photos were shown, as her mother watched from the gallery. Alexander’s sisters, also seated in the gallery, looked away from the photos of their brother.
Computer analysts for the city of Mesa, Ariz., where Alexander lived, went over the photos in detail during the sixth day of testimony in the trial. The photos were time stamped June 4, 2008, beginning around 1:45 p.m.
Prosecutors have said that Arias drove from her California home to Alexander’s house, arriving early in the morning on June 4. The pair had sex in the afternoon, took photos of one another, and then Arias killed Alexander, age 30, around 5:30 p.m., they said.
The photos on the bed occurred around 1:45 p.m., according to the data on the camera. The shower photos and the pictures of a bloody body part occurred around 5:30 p.m.
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