Jodi Arias’ many lies
Jodi Arias wants the jury to believe that she killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in self-defense. She says he attacked her in the bathroom of his apartment and she was forced to protect herself… by stabbing him 27 times, slitting his throat so deep he was almost decapitated, and then shooting him in the head.
If the gruesome murder scene isn’t enough for the jury to question her credibility, her constantly changing story of what happened that night might just do it. Arias provided three separate stories to law enforcement, with the narrative changing only after she was confronted with evidence that disproved her previous story.
Version #1: I wasn’t even there!
Jodi Arias initially told officers that she was not at Alexander’s apartment the night he was killed. She consistently maintained her story even when faced with evidence proving she was there.
During a video recorded interrogation on July 15, 2008, Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa Police Department told Arias that he had nude photos of Arias and Alexander together in Alexander’s apartment on the day he died. Arias calmly responded, “Are you sure it’s me? Because I was not there.”
Later in the interrogation Flores tried to get Arias to confess. “You shot him in the head, then you got a knife and you stabbed him,” Flores said. “Jodi, tell me the truth, please.”
“I did not kill Travis,” Arias replied.
Version #2: OK, I was there, but two people attacked us!
After Arias was confronted with conclusive evidence that she was with Alexander in his apartment the day he died – established by both DNA evidence and nude photos of them together – Arias admitted that she was with Alexander in his apartment but then concocted a story of home invasion and murder.
During the same July 15, 2008, video recorded interrogation, Officer Flores told Arias “I have a solid case against you and I can present it to the judge and say, ‘I don’t know why she did it’ or I can present it with your explanation.” So Arias made up a story.
In the interview Arias finally admitted to arriving at Alexander’s house at around 3 a.m. Arias then claimed that unknown intruders broke in wearing ski masks and attacked them. She initially told Detective Flores that they were two American males but later in the same interview she said that one of the attackers was a man and the other was a woman. Her story was full of lies and contradictions.
“I think he was shot. I heard this loud ring – I don’t remember. Travis was screaming. I know I got hit in the head. There were two people there, one was a guy and one was a girl. The girl wanted to kill me,” Arias said. She later said that she wasn’t hit directly in the head, but instead thrown against a wall where she hit her head.
Arias told Detective Flores she ran into a closet for safety, and one of the intruders stopped her and held a gun to her head. There was a brief struggle during which Arias ran to try and protect Alexander, Arias said. The assailants stopped her from seeking help.
“He said ‘Don’t you call anybody. You get one chance.’ He said ‘Leave now … I just wanted to get out,” Arias said. She told the detective that she then fled the scene in her car.
“I was really scared. I was freaked out of my mind,” Arias said.
Arias then told Flores that she didn’t say anything because she feared for the safety of her parents and siblings. She said the unknown assailants, whom she wouldn’t be able to pick out of a lineup, took her driver’s license. However, she also admitted that she had a P.O. Box on her license and not her home address.
The jury watched the entire video interrogation as Detective Flores expressed frustration and disbelief after hearing Arias tale of two unknown assailants. “I don’t believe you,” the detective told Arias. “I was hoping for the truth. This is not the truth, Jodi – this doesn’t make any sense … Your story changed. Two white males at first, then you changed to a male and female.”
“The fact they left you alive and let you go … that never happens,” Flores said. “Why would they let you go, knowing you could just run across the street and tell somebody? You did it, and there’s nothing you can say that will change my mind at this point. This is an elaborate story that doesn’t make any sense. Maybe you are just cold and calculated.”
Throughout the interrogation Arias never admitted to killing Travis Alexander.
Version #3: Alright, we were alone in his apartment, but it was self-defense!
In light of all the evidence against her, Arias ultimately changed her story to one of an abused ex-girlfriend that was forced to kill Alexander after he brutally attacked her.
Arias ultimately confessed that she was with Alexander in his apartment and that there were no unknown assailants. In fact, in opening statements defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott admitted that Arias did kill Alexander.
Wilmott told jurors that an expert will testify how the relationship between Arias and Alexander fits the mold of domestic violence. She continued by stating that Alexander was prepared to tie her up for their last sexual encounter and that he had both a knife and rope. According to Wilmott, Alexander became enraged when Arias dropped his camera and attacked her, and Arias had to make a decision at that moment whether to live or die.
The defense is expected to introduce more evidence in support of this theory following the prosecution’s case in chief.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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