Yesterday marks the final day of Jodi Arias’ time on the witness stand. It’s not clear if she can be called back to testify. Arizona runs their courts much differently than most states so it’s possible. Many commentators have noted that the length of her testimony may have been a record for criminal defendants.
The length of her testimony may be historic but so are other aspects about this particular criminal defendant. Lying does not bother her. She can do it and not feel bad. Most people would have difficulty lying about something so important; they would feel guilt. Not Jodi. Her ability to lie and be okay with it, is almost mythical.
Could you lie like Jodi? Most people could not and would not.
Mr. Martinez asked her about having told the jury that she thought the gun was unloaded on the day of the murder. He then asks the next logical question: If you thought the gun was unloaded, why run for it? She quickly thought of a new lie, on the spot: Travis told me in December (months before the murder) that he had loaded the gun. The prosecutor correctly noted that Jodi never once mentioned that detail in court.
Mr. Martinez also questioned her about the knife and her “fog” and she added yet another new detail: Travis may have been the one with it at some point during the struggle. She was implying that Travis had the knife and was coming after her with it. The prosecutor again noted that she never once mentioned that detail in court. Her response: No one asked me.
Notice that all of these new details support her version of events. She thinks it helps but it makes her story seem less believable.
Why Can’t She Just Answer The Questions?
The reason: that is Jodi. That is who she is. We are seeing her personality on display. She never wants to be wrong. When there is a question she does not want to answer, she responds with a question, or a statement to confuse the answer. She deflects. She rarely actually answers the question. It is her attempt to control and manipulate the situation. She is difficult, uncooperative and evasive. That is the nightmare that is Jodi.
Next on the witness stand are the defense’s psychological experts. It will be interesting to see how they explain Jodi’s memory problems and behavior. Stay tuned.