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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cutting Through Arias' Fog & Lies: Arias Admits to Shooting & Stabbing Travis Alexander

Thursday, February 28 - BOMBSHELL AFTERNOON!!! 

Arias Admits to Shooting and Stabbing Travis...and Cutting His Throat Ear-to-Ear

I was glued to my chair today as Martinez continued with his heavy-hitting cross examination. I don't even know where to begin - this afternoon's testimony is what I've been waiting for since Arias took the stand!

Arias Has Foggy Memory Yet Remembers Throwing Gun Away in Desert

After today's testimony, Jodi Arias reminds me of Ted Bundy..reincarnated as a woman. Scary!

Martinez continues to walk us through the crime scene and nails Arias on taking the gun from the crime scene. He shows how she altered the crime scene on purpose to save her skin. The theme of the afternoon (and word-o-the-day) was Arias' FOG.. While Arias cannot remember stabbing Travis 29 times and slitting his throat, she can recall details BEFORE and AFTER she stabs him - how convenient! Arias tells Martinez: "things get very foggy from there." Martinez asks Arias if she was in this black out fog, why would she ever think of taking the gun from the crime scene? She obviously wasn't in a fog if she took the GUN! 

After her smug, condescending attitude throughout the week, Martinez becomes annoyed with her flip answers and FINALLY asks her point blank if she has an attitude problem - oh, SNAP!

Martinez hits the nail on the evidence head when he mentions the stolen gun from her grandparents' house. The burglary at her grandparents' home in Yreka, Calif. takes place on May 20, 2008 - one month before Travis' murder in Mesa, AZ on June 4, 2008. Of course, she denies it and claims she recognized it as Travis' gun (even Martinez played the Det. Flores tape when she tells him that Travis never owned a gun...hmmm).

Martinez produces a detailed schematic of the crime scene which was very powerful. He also shows a photo of  Travis' closet. Ironically, the shelf was really high. At 5'5, the closet was a lot taller than her and she would have to climb onto another shelf to retrieve the gun. The gun wasn't in plain sight. Another shady story  that doesn't add up.

Arias Remembers the Knife...Barely
Concerning the knife, the only thing she remembers is screaming (she claims she has amnesia during the actual stabbing) AND then she drops"the knife" and watches it clatter to the tile floor in the bathroom. Then she takes the gun from Travis house, doesn't remember HOW she gets to the desert or driving her car...and then voila, she "comes to" again and remembers throwing the gun away in the desert. Then there's the rope...big shocker - she doesn't remember taking that with her either. Sound familiar? Like a really bad soap opera plot!! She's a BAD actress.

Did You Believe You Did Something Wrong to Travis?
Martinez did not let up on Arias this afternoon and the tears fall when he asks Arias if she did something wrong to Travis and she admits with a sniffly yes.

See the most compelling statements and questions from Martinez below. He cracked this psychopathic stalker wide OPEN and despite her fake tears, Martinez broke her down today:

This Morning

Were you crying when you stabbed him?
Arias: I don't remember

You were the one who did this?
Arias: Yes

Versus This Afternoon...

Were you crying then when you cut his throat? Take a look then (referring to crime scene photo of Travis' slit throat). Were you the same individual who lied about it? 
Arias: Yes.

Should we count the stab wounds together? 
Arias starts the waterworks and says she doesn't want to count the wounds or look at the photo.

If he was being stabbed in the back, would you acknowledge that he is of NO threat to YOU? 
Arias cries: Yes.

Wouldn't you agree that you are the person who slit Mr. Alexander's throat from ear-to-ear?
Arias cries: Yes.

Would you also agree that you are the individual that stabbed him in the upper torso? 
Arias cries: Yes.

Other highlights from this afternoon:

Arias physically demonstrates how Travis crouched down like a linebacker and lunges after her when the gun "accidentally" goes off and she shoots Travis in the face. Wait for it...but she doesn't remember looking at him or doesn't remember any blood after she shoots him.

- Arias fakes her tears on the stand - what a shocker! She didn't show one sign of remorse, despite the waterworks. I went back and watched the video of her when Martinez wants her to look at the pictures of Travis' stab wounds and slit throat. As she takes off her glasses, she shows a clear sign of duping delight. She slyly peeks behind her fingers and smiles while looking at the photos. That's both scary and disturbing!

No Jury Would Ever Convict Me

Martinez wrapped up his cross-exam on a high note and played the infamous Inside Edition clip and showed that she lied about her "innocence" and went public with her convoluted ninja intruder stories...and called her out on the fact that she NEVER 'fessed up to killing him - never told the police the truth or Ryan Burns about killing Travis. Martinez also plays the voicemail message that she leaves for Travis after she kills him. He asks Arias: why would you send a voicemail message to a dead man?  

And the reason she lied? Arias admits that she lied about the interviews and left the voicemail in order to save her butt from going to jail. Looks like that didn't work out very well for her!

Martinez makes her read the email that she sent to Travis after she killed him. Her performance was completely ridiculous. She barely reads a few sentences and then the histrionics start complete with fake crocodile tears. My theory: she felt cornered and was trying to play on the sympathies of the jury so she turned on the waterworks. Sorry, Arias, but your jig is up - we don't buy those tears for a second and neither will the jury! 

To quote Nancy Grace, the defense took a HUGE gamble putting Arias on the stand and it's not paying off for them. Martinez showed clearly today that Arias is a cold-blooded killer who had no qualms covering up her lies about killing Travis.

Martinez's closing is going to be a show-stopper!


Morning Update

Wow, what a morning in court! We are finally at the crime scene and Martinez is finally getting down to the nitty, gritty details of the day Travis Alexander was murdered. I was fired up and with coffee in hand, I took lots of notes while I watched, tweeted about the trial, and rapid-fire chatted with my fellow Facebook group members. We are all rooting for Travis, and want JUSTICE for him and his family. 

Martinez Reveals Detailed Schematic of Crime Scene: What Really Happened in the Shower 

My head is spinning after watching Juan Martinez cross-exam Arias this morning. Martinez was on fire as he questioned Arias about taking pictures of Alexander in the shower and played the Det. Flores interrogation tape over and over again (played it four times) to refresh Arias' "fuzzy" memory.

But the smirks and snarky attitude stopped quickly this morning when Martinez brought up a schematic of the crime scene. He asked Arias to point out exactly where Alexander body slammed her and reminded her that she knew the exact position of her head so she wasn't having any "memory" problems at that point. Martinez brought up excellent points: Alexander was in excellent physical shape and was a former wrestler. If he was that angry and snapped, as Arias testified this morning, he could have easily run after her down the hall and tackled her, but he never ran after her! There was a lot of back and forth with semantics and Arias pulled her usual "I don't know or I can't remember" stunt. Arias claimed she got the wind knocked out of her but she obviously wasn't having any breathing difficulties if she could get up and supposedly "run" away from Alexander. Lots of holes in her story that Martinez cracked wide open this morning!

Arias Breaks Down On Stand: Hangs Head & Cries When Forced to Look at Shower Photo

Martinez was spot-on with his strategy and I held my breath as he led Arias straight into the lion's mouth with his scene of crime cross-exam. All bets were off - and so was the snarky 'tude from Arias - when he showed the picture of Travis slumped down in the shower. Wham - that's when the waterworks started! Arias covered her eyes with her hands, then looked down as her hair covered her face, and cried. She couldn't bring herself to look at the photo OR answer Martinez's questions. It was the most compelling and the most damning moment of the cross-exam --what I've been waiting for all week!!

Right before Stephens adjourned court for the lunch recess, Martinez did not hold back with his barrage of hard-hitting questions - that made Arias deal face-to-face with the fact that she killed Travis in a horrific and heinous way:

"Were you crying when you shot him or when you stabbed him or when you were cutting his throat?" She peeped out a pathetic, "I don't remember," as she sat on the witness stand crying and hung her head. 

I'm not sure if her tears were fake or real, but she looked more defeated and tired today compared to other days this week. I'm sitting on pins and needles waiting for what's in store this afternoon...more grisly crime scene photos. While I think it's awful that Travis' family has to be reminded of the heinous way he was murdered, Martinez needs to shove these horrific pictures in her face.






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