Without the jury present, the defense brought in an expert witness who had blown up and enhanced a reflection in the center of Travis’s eye. The expert testified that he had performed a number of procedures to enhance this reflection. His conclusion? He said that he could clearly see Jodi Arias holding the camera and holding no weapon.Juan Martinez, viewed the enhanced photo and said he could not say that. Instead he said he saw the face of a dog. He even pointed out the ears, the nose and the mouth.
The enhanced photo is presented to you, for your examination, on the page you are presently reading. Look at it closely. All that is apparent to the naked eye, are a few light colors surrounded by dark colors. It most certainly does not look like a woman holding a camera. If you can see a woman holding a camera, then I bet you do just great when you’re lying on your back staring at the blue sky with white fluffy clouds. I’m sure you are quite entertained when you look at those clouds and see Bart Simpson riding on the back of a Buffalo. If you have a good imagination, you can see many images in the random formation of water vapor in the sky. Maybe even Jodi Arias holding a camera.
What’s most interesting to me, is the reaction of the multiple media “experts.” From talk show expert, to defense attorneys (who apparently lack a sufficient client base to keep them busy during the day) to multiple PhD’s, all of whom expressed wonderment when Juan Martinez agreed to stipulate that the amorphous colors in the enhanced photo, showed that Jodi Arias did not have a weapon in her hand when the photo was taken.
They also thought that this was a major victory for the defense. They wondered what had gone wrong in the mind of Juan Martinez that he had agreed to this stipulation.
So two questions arise. Is it a victory for Jodi Arias and her defense team and why did Juan Martinez not fight to have this image banned from the jury?
The simplest answer to the first question, is that it is absolutely no victory for Jodi Arias and her defense team. And the simplest answer to the second question, is that Juan Martinez did not fight to ban the image from the jury because it was totally irrelevant to him.
We’ve all seen Travis’s expensive Sony camera. It was a larger digital camera, not a small pocket camera. It would take two hands to use the camera and take a picture. Even with your cell phone, it takes two hands to take a picture. Perhaps, someone- somewhere could do it with one hand but I have never seen anyone take a picture with one hand. I think it’s quite safe to assume that Jodi Arias used two hands, as she held the camera to her eye and composed the picture of Travis. So two hands, on one camera, equals no weapon in either hand.
I have further proof that Jodi Arias did not have a gun or knife in her hand when she took that picture of Travis. My proof? We have a witness and that witness is Travis Alexander. The expert witness said that Ms. Arias was standing directly in front of Travis and that’s why her image is contained within the reflection in his eye. The camera angle which is apparent from the photo of Travis, shows him staring directly into the camera.
You can and should look at that photo of Travis. Look at his expression, the soft look on his face. He’s showing no fear, no terror, no surprise. He would be showing all of these things if Jodi Arias was pointing a gun or a large knife at him. He is the best witness to the fact that at that moment she was not pointing a gun or a knife at him. The picture of Travis is all the evidence you need to conclude that when that picture was taken Jodi Arias did not have a weapon in her hand. However, if she had a knife or a gun tucked into the waistband in the back of her pants, after taking the picture she could have dropped the camera and shot or stabbed Travis within one half of one second. For you naysayers, certainly you would agree that it could be done within one second.
I can’t speak for Juan Martinez and I hope he will not be offended if I attempt to do so this one time. I don’t think Juan ever thought that Jodi was holding a weapon when that picture was taken. I think that he has always believed that she picked up a weapon and murdered Travis, shortly after that picture was taken.
Juan Martinez is a skilled prosecutor. If the amorphous, color blob, enhanced image was of any significance to the prosecutor’s case, you can be absolutely assured that Mr. Martinez would have, and could have, had it barred from the eyes of the jury.
He simply stepped over a non-issue.