Discussion in 'Travis Alexander Trial - The State vs. Jodi Arias' started by TigerBalm, Jan 2, 2013.
Judge Sherry Stephens taking notes during the prosecution's opening statement
Exhibit showing the scene where Travis was found.
Scene was staged, body was washed, knife and gun were not at the scene
Going over Travis' injuries and defensive wounds.
MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutors say Alexander colored her hair before the murder
5m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says Arias drove to Redding CA and rented a car.
7m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Arias claimed a 25 caliber handgun was stolen along w/$30. Alexander was shot with the same type of handgun.
9m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Investigators discovered a week before the murder there was a burglary report @ Arias' home in Eureka. Pd thought the burglary was fishy
11m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says Arias called police for help. Suggested investigators look @ his roommate because she was in Eureka Ca.
13m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor: Arias stabbed and slit Alexander 's throat then shot him in the head. " she took time 2 drag him in the shower and clean him up"
17m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says the pictures are upside down because the camera fell and hit the floor and accidently took pictures
18m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
The next photo is taken upside down and allegedly shows Arias' foot and Alexander is bleeding profusely.
19m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
The next hoto shows movement and shows the lights above the shower. Prosecutor says that's when Alexander was being attacked.
21m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
A second set of 20 more photos were salvaged ...Alexander is posing in the shower ...the 20th photo @5:33 6/4 Alexander is sitting in showe
23m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Police were able to find a palm print in the photo...that also found a hair...both matched Jodi Arias.
24m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
on June 4 @1:32 Mr. Alexander was alive...the photos showed Alexander and Arias nude...having sex..also in the photos bottle of KY jelly.
26m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor: Police were able to take the camera's sim card and recover photographs with time stamps...
32m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says wounds show that Travis fought for his life..
33m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says Travis was violently murdered...he had been stabbed in the heart and his throat slit.
34m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says a camera was also found in the washing machine...who ever put it there knew it would never work again.
35m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor say the murderer took time to clean the scene...wiped blood with towels & changed the sheets..then placed in the washing machine
37m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
The body was cleaned of blood...prosecutors showing Jury a diagram of the blood
38m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor: investigators knew crime scene had been staged. Travis was found in the shower but there was blood in the sink & down the hall.
51m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Court documents show there were 82,000 emails between the Alexander and Arias.
52m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says Arias & Alexander broke up in 2007 and Arias then moved to Mesa close to where Alexander lived. The two continued to email
54m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Arias and Alexander met @ a conference in 2006 & started a long distance relationship. Arias converted to the Morman religion 4 Alexander.
57m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Prosecutor says Alexander was a blessing in Arias' life and she shot and stabbed the blessing out of him
58m MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Jodi Arias is accused of killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander...she allegedly shot him in the head & then stabbed him 27 times.
1h MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Opening statements are underway ..County Prosecutor Juan Martinez will go first. Judge Sherry Stephens presiding.
1h MaryEllen Resendez MaryEllen Resendez ‏@maryellenabc15
Covering the Jodi Arias murder trial today...we are still waiting for court to start. I'll be tweeting details from opening statements soon
Defense attorney giving her opening statement
great video on "blame the victim defense strategy"
For anyone who wants to review last weeks testimony:
Jodi Arias Trial Day 1 (Audio Only)
Opening statements of prosecution and defense
States witness, Marie "Mimi" Hall, friend of Travis, went on 3 dates with him
Jodi Arias Trial Day 2 (Part1)
States witness, Esteban Flores, homicide detective, City of Mesa
Jodi Arias Trial Day 2 (Part2)
States witness, Esteban Flores, continued
States witness, Heather Conner, Mesa PD, latent print examiner
Travis' blog mentioned in this video.
here were the hln updates for the opening statements (if anyone missed that part)
Here's Jodi blog
Ct starting - JA wearing eyeglasses today - blue short sleeved collared shirt.
Heather Conner - State Evidence witness - business card being admitted - exhibit #219
Photos #117 thru 14? - HC going thru each picture - photos of hallway between Master bedroom and bath, inside both rooms, and items depicted.
#117 - red stain on tile floor bathroom close to closet in bathroom. - where swinging door is. - door for the close on bottom right side of picture - birds eye view of that staining. cardboard box inside the close can be seen bottom mid left.
#118 - portion of same staining and cardboard box with red substance staining up from bottom of box
#119 - stain in left side of pic - tile floor hallway - it is also seen in lower right side pic of 118. - Master bedroom closet isshown right side - hall to Master bedroom upper portion. - Placards #5,6 & 7 shown - Placard #5 is (refers to report from last Thurs #76) - possible hairs and/or fibers from bathroom, #6 - possible hair - #7 possible fibers and/or hair.
#120 - midrange view of halway w/placards #5,6 & 7 - staining visible in photo
#121 - closer view of items #5LB - carpeting inside closet in mid/upper right side photo
baseboard w/staining or swiping
#122 - possible shoe impression (impression #1) on bath floor - found someone between placard #5 & 6 - (diagram #249 has a #1 already - #1LB - cartidge casing). Some items not able to be collected with a letter or number - latent impressions and shoe and palm impressions labled - photos and reports are more descriptive to differentiate
#123 - portion of hair
#124 - placard moved to show more hair
#125 - overall view of hallway and floor includes red staining - no evidence placards in this photo.
Sequence of photos taken - first arrive - overall entry photos - there are no evidence placards - showing items without anything introduced by evidence collector. Mark evidence w/placards to show which items are to be collected. First set of photos have no evidence marking - second set has placards.
#125 - bottom left pic - linen closet w/staining on baseboard
#126 = closer of portion of west wall near bottom of the wall near the bathrrom - linen closet.
There were differences in colors of staining - some darker and some lighter
#127 - view of baseboard wall and tile floor - bathroom, hallway to bedroom - appears to be carpet in master bedorom.
(Jodi was wiping nose during this moment)
#128 - top mid pic - door lead to linen closet in bathroom. (jodi wipes nose w/tissue that is not crumpled) = to get to body - walk forward near linen closet and look to the left. (walk south and to the east) = 11'4" on wall - opposite wall is 12'6" for hallway
#129 - west wall - w/placards #8 & 9 = possible hairs and/or fibers - carpet is master bedroom (bottom of pic) = patterns of staining there @ scene.
#130 - opening entry master bedroom closet upper right, flip flops, master bathroom hall - trim of mster bedroom door to the loft upstairs - bottom left.
#131 - red stains -
#132 - east wall - (appears to be swipe patterns - IMO) on lower portion of the wall.
#134 - halltomaster bath and Master bedroom door - looking out from bedroom. lock on door is a flat piece of metal that is turned - no key needed to lock from inside but need one from outside to unlock.
#135 - stain identified as #9
#136 - close up o #9
#138 - door - dirty black stuff is latent finger processing powder -west wall -
#137 - view of hallway leading to master bath - on right shows fingerprint processing powder.
#139 - hallway to bath - section with square - contained within latent palm impression developed on the wall. Exhibit #239 - piece of wall - cut out collected as item #177Lb
depicted in picture while still in the wall. #239 admitted.
Jodi appears to be (trying to?) cry?
A person who is in action will have a rapidly beating heart and will lose blood more quickly. If the lung was nicked as may have been the case - unable to tell due to decomp in this case - can cause coughing up of blood and out of nose.
Death & loss of consciousness. Eventually TA would have lost consciousness it would have been a few minutes due to cutting of a vein - if it were his only injury.
With the wound to the heart he should have been able to get his hands up to defend hmself. He even would havebeen able to get up and move quickly.
#187 - injury to right shoulder - scratch or superfcial
#186 - photos imply a motion of the assailant or motion of decedant - can't say which.
#184 - abdomen injury
#188 is a clos up those injuries - lower part of his belly button - there is a wound track where stab wound very close to the skin. from the opening to longest one - how far is that? Max wound tract depth 5+". Defense asks for a copy.
Length of wound tract 5 3/4" left to right on the body - sort of downward ... more likely alive @ time - bleeding associated with stab wound going across the navel.
Going over his lower body - drying and mummification in testicular area
Right shin bruises inflicted before death. Consistent w/TA being dragged somewhere? object .. . sustained.
ME has done 6,000 autopsies - has seen at least 3 or 4 times body have been dragged before death . . . could this be consistent with being dragged before death? Object - approach
Usually see drawn out abrasions in dragging - these look like something hitting him before death. Left heel - tearing of skin vs. cutting abraided skin - abrasions. before death - bleeding.
Some sort of movement or force blunt force
Left foot - area by the heel (ankle) contusion or bruise - skin is intact - abrasion is where skin is torn.
Looks like a postmortem change not ante-mortem.
If individual is dead - not going to move around to cause this.
Exhibits #192 - 199
photos of victims injuries of back part of body and head
#192 - #199
Grouping of injuries - happened about same time and all oriented same direction. . . . diagonal extending from R shoulder to back.
There are a pair of wounds going the other direction. Could be consistent with individual having his back to attacker- yes
9 injuries clustered together - upper part is post mortem skin slippage
9 stab wounds- deeper than longer- all about 1" deep - going into back parts or ribs and spine - none of them entered chest cavity but w/decomp can't rule that out. They appear to all have been stopped by bones. depends on force of assailant and weapon used how deep and the thickness of his bone also plays a role. they didn't go thru the bone
Buttock area - a little red - lividity - found in a semi-seated position - blood settled to that area.
Gasses forming in the body expelling from decomp - liquid or fluid come out with the gas.
#194 - Look @ right foot. Bruises or blood or discolor? Discolor and mummification.
Left foot and knee area - on the other side - dried parchment like appearance see after death. Left contusion on the ankle area and abbrasion on achilles tendon.
#192 - grouping wounds - head and neck
#195 - shaved some the hair from he head - deep incised wounds very deep go into back of skull - some force applied to these wounds - but if you have a very sharp blade it cuts but it goes to the bone that takes much more force. 2" in both wounds
His hair is very short, it is not long or bushy so it didn't cushion
The edges of one portion of the incised wounds - caused divit in teh skull - bone was chipped away
#199 - the tip of an implement - tp of a knife - bone has been chipped away.
#195 - divit one @ extreme left end of the wound @ the bottom
#198 cansee it there too.
#196 - focus on area down here to the bottom - also to the front of the head on #197 the 2 injuries - towards the front of the head forehead near hairline - you can see his eyebrow in the bottom of the picture. These wounds are all pre-death - all have bleeding associated with it.
#200 and #201 - R side of TA' neck behind the ear . . .
all of these injuries looked @ so far - taken together all the wounds could have been fatal over time.
#200 - stab wound back part of skull behind ear - down intoskull boney area - into the strap muscle 1 1/4"
#202 = back opposite side left side neck another stab wound.
#202 stab wound to back side neck penetrates into muscle - 1"
#203 - #206
the largest wound of the neck across the throat
Are you able to tell if wound started on right or left side? not able to say
#203 - side view of neck wound - better pic to show how deep it goes. passes thru the airway (windpipe cut through) - individual loses ability to scream cuz it is below the voice box. He was alive @ this time. . . . blood comes out . . . right side
#204 - right side jugular vein and corrted artery were cut - 3 or 4 inches. It doesn't penerate the spinal cord bone - stops @ the bone
#205 - frontal view of same wound - -scalloped - irregularity - dried after death. If you inspect the wound it is a clean cut.
Hesitation marks? Very unusual for people to cut their own throat - shallow cuts then deep cuts - we don't see any shallow hesiation cuts
tryng to look @ what wound looked like.
I can't say whether it started on right or left
The chest wound wasn't immediately fatal - how about this one?
He has 2 major vessles in his throat - lose blood very quickly and then lose conscious and then die. He could get up and walk a couple of feet - lose conscious and then collapse and then die. Within a few seconds he would collapse - die within a couple minutes.
gunshot wound to TA's R forehead
#207 - #210 admitted
(It appears TA's sisters have left thefront row)
Gunshot entrance wound - passes thru the skull thru the face and terminates in left cheek. (Jodi looked up and covered her mouth and looked down). Indeterminate range of fire - no stippling
#208 - same injury w/ruler next to it.
#209 - left cheek - incision made to get the bullet. It must have struck the brain . . . brain is decomposed and falls apart very quickl y after death. I have to conclude brain was perferated. He would be rapidly incompacitated.
That is bullet - exhibit #244
Mechanism of death - how did he die? Primarily blood loss. AFter you lose blood, lose ability to provide oxygen to brain and heart - dizzy, loss concsiousness then death.
3 specific injury could have led to death. . . stab wound to chest - slit of throat and shot to the head rapidly fatal.
projectile going thru front of brain - lose consciousness and then go down
Slashing of the throat - it is most severe injury - most bleedng from jugular
Most fatal - chest? middle - significant injury it would cause death without med attn but not loss conscious immediate
One to neck and head - cause loss conscious immediate
One tothe chest would not.
Defensive wounds to hands - occurred before fatal injury to head or throat.
TA attempted to grab the knife.
Sequencing of events . . . one to head an slit of throat -
Throat and head wound TA couldn't have purposeful movement - he would have been unconscious
first wound would have been one to chest
First would have
Stab could have occurred then the
Throat and head he will not attempt to defend himself after those. Can't say if head injury if he was alive . The neck he was alive - lots of blood. Chest wound he was alive
Wound going thru the head - no hemmorage thru brain or wound tract thru brain . . . may have been an indication person was already dead.
Afternoon recess - 10 min after 3 return.