‘I didn’t even know I shot him,” Jodi Arias says about killing ex huff.to/13iAlS2
— HuffPost Crime (@HuffPostCrime) February 21, 2013
Arias testified today about the killing of Travis Alexander. It was the moment we’d all been waiting for but it fell flat. When it came to the details of the horrific murder, she blanked. She could not remember. She had a nearly photographic memory of virtually everything else she was questioned about on the stand but when it came the most important aspect of the case, she forgot.
She also referred to the murder with phrases such as “I really screwed up.” Most people would agree that a brutal murder is more than just a “screw up.”
She put a great deal of time and effort into covering up her murder. Details of her testimony (and other details she did not discuss) included these terrible facts after the murder:
- dragging and moving the body, and leaving it in the shower
- extensive clean up in the bathroom
- washing clothes and the camera she used to take pictures of the murdered corpse
- never calling 911 to report the incident
- getting rid of the gun
- calling the victim to leave a voice mail message (after erasing the first 3 because they did not “sound” good) for the person she had just murdered
- following her original plans to meet a love interest in Utah the next day and never mentioning that she had just brutally murdered her ex, spending the day with her love interest, making out, cuddling, watching movies and going out to dinner
- lying about the nature of the cuts on her hand, and how she injured her finger
- acting surprised after learning of Travis’s death
- extensively lying to the police
- inventing a story about a man and a woman entering the home and committing the murder
- made up story about “skaters” flipping her license plate on her rental car
- attending his memorial knowing that she had killed the individual being memorialized
She told lie after lie after lie. Some commentators expressed the opinion that they thought Jodi was telling the truth on the stand today. She has told so many lies it’s difficult to determine what is true and what is not true when it comes from a known liar.
There are so many aspects of this case that are disturbing. Jodi would have demonstrated more humanity if after the killing she drove directly home, and did not attempt to continuously deceive the police and those around her. The deception took a great deal of planning and thought. It was purposeful and meant to throw the police “off her scent.”
Most expect cross-examination to hopefully bring out at least some of the truth. We’ll see.
Someone has got to be writing a book about the case; I just don’t know who yet.