It is probably standard practice in self-defense cases but the following defense motion is particularly despicable (though in line with what you would expect from Jodi Arias).
Leading up to the trial, the defense filed a motion to preclude the state and all witnesses, from referring to Travis Alexander as the “victim” during the trial.
The defense argued that the use of the term “victim” would be prejudicial.
If Travis was the victim, then Jodi Arias would be seen as the perpetrator, the guilty party, the murderer.
The state responded that the word “victim” is routinely used in criminal cases and does not imply that Jodi Arias is guilty of murder.
The state also noted that the very fact that Mr. Alexander was murdered makes him a “victim” as defined by Arizona law.
Travis Alexander was a victim and Jodi Arias was in fact the perpetrator. Those are indisputable facts.
Thankfully, Judge Sherry Stephens agreed with the state. The defendant wasn’t able to successfully establish that the term “victim” would unfairly prejudice her and it was allowed to be used during the trial.
Judge Sherry agreed to include a preliminary instruction that defined the term “victim” for the jury so there would be no confusion about its meaning.
This is yet another instance of Jodi Arias taking every opportunity to trash the victim.