Jodi Arias vs the State of Arizona is finally nearing its end

Jodi Arias vs the State of Arizona is finally nearing its end

Jodi Arias’ Life Now in the Hands of the Jury

The case of Jodi Arias vs. the State of Arizona is finally nearing its end.  Accused of the 1st degree murder of her former boyfriend in June 2008, Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home, her defense team has ended its phase of the trial which began on January 29th.

Arias, who changed her story three times during the trial, was portrayed as a woman who killed Alexander in an emotionally fueled attack.  Authorities say she planned the attack in a jealous rage. Arias initially denied involvement then blamed it on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense.  She faces the death penalty if convicted.

Her final claim was that they were showering together after a day of sex, when she dropped his camera.  He supposedly went into a rage, and she was forced to defend herself.  Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the head and had his throat slit.  Her palm print was found in the scene of the attack.  Pictures were found of the two naked, and authorities claim she attempted to delete them.  Arias said she recalls Alexander attacking her in a fury.  She said she ran into his closet to retrieve a gun he kept on a shelf and fired in self-defense but has no memory of stabbing him.

She admits to calmly cleaning the scene, and even attending a memorial service for him.

The prosecution called a witness to discredit witnesses for Arias who diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia and another who said the defendant suffers from battered woman’s syndrome.

Clinical psychologist, a witness for the prosecution, Janeen DeMarte, described the more than 40 hours spent by defense psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette as “therapeutic”.  She also claimed that the amount of time spent with Arias was excessive to complete a diagnosis.

DeMarte said Arias suffers from borderline personality disorder, showing signs of immaturity and an “unstable sense of identity.” People who suffer from such a disorder “have a terrified feeling of being abandoned by others,” DeMarte said.

The twist in the case came when a blow-up of a photo taken while they were in the shower together shows Arias possibly holding a camera, and no other weapon is visible.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez said, “I don’t see a camera, I don’t see a knife. I don’t see anything but a blotch.”

Arias’ grandparents reported a .25-caliber handgun stolen from their Northern California home about a week before Alexander’s death, the same caliber used to shoot him, but Arias said she didn’t take it. Authorities believe she brought it with her to kill the victim.

It will be several more weeks before the trial goes to the jury for deliberation.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express