AZCentral.com has released exclusive video and audio of several sidebar conversations that occurred while defense witness Alyce LaViolette was testifying.
The videos relate to testimony given on April 9th and April 10th.
In one video, the lawyers are arguing about Alyce LaViolette not answering the state’s questions. Alyce also keeps discussing “the big picture,” which Martinez sees as an opportunity to talk about Jodi slashing tires.
Martinez: “if she wants to talk about the big picture then I’m going back to talk about the defendant slashing tires. If she wants to talk about the big picture, how she slept under the Christmas tree. She can’t have it both ways… I’m just asking her about that which is what I was instructed to do and then she continues to want to advocate on behalf of the defendant.”
Willmott argues that Alyce is not advocating on behalf of the defendant and tries to stop Martinez from bringing in the evidence of tire slashing.
In another video, the defense is angry that the state is commenting about the witness, Aylce LaViolette, not being responsive.
Perhaps the most interesting video is in regard to Jodi torturing her cat. Regarding this matter, Martinez says: (seemingly referring to Ms. LaViolette):
Martinez: “… and it’s in her notes and is something that she knows about and if this is the chart that they’re going to be using… I’ve already established that the family of origin issues involved, also the stalking, I think I have established that… My argument is going to be that if anyone abuse[s], is the abuser, it’s her [Jodi] and that’s where I’m headed.”
The judge re-reads Alyce’s notes which say that Jodi “poked at the cat and slapped the dog” and in the judge’s opinion, didn’t rise to the level of “torturing a pet.”
Martinez: “…but she also squeezed the cat out of anger… she also squeezed the cat very tight, too tight, out of anger.”
It would have been interesting to have heard more about Jodi’s abuse of animals. Abuse of animals is characteristic of individuals with antisocial personality disorder.
You can watch all three videos here.
AZCentral.com notes that they were able to retrieve these videos during the short time in which Judge Sherry Stephens began unsealing trial documents. She has since resealed these records, citing that she did not want to taint the potential jury pool, should there be a retrial of the sentencing phase.
There’s probably much more about Jodi Arias that we don’t know at this point, that was not allowed into evidence. Hopefully someday that information will be unsealed.