Jodi Arias was in the courtroom again for her sentencing trial on Tuesday. Her defense attorneys tried to portray murder victim Travis Alexander as a womanizer, while spending most of the day dissecting Alexander’s attitude towards women.
The defense called up Dr. Robert Geffner to testify on Jodi Arias’ behalf. Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott spent hours building up Dr. Geffner’s achievements. On the other hand, prosecutor Juan Martinez was quick to discredit Jodi Arias’ defense witness.
The defense claims while dating Jodi Arias, Alexander was involved in multiple relationships with women. Dr. Geffner argued Travis Alexander showed patterns of manipulation and exploitation.
Dr. Geffner testified that Travis tried coercing a variety of women to sleep with him telling them, including Jodi Arias, he was a 30-year-old virgin.
In 2007, Travis sent the following text message about Jodi Arias to women.
“It is a lose-lose situation. If I avoid her I deal with lots of tears. So I deal with it. Don’t get me wrong. She is an amazing girl. A better person than me but we are not right for each other. I don’t think she has that entirely figured out. It’s a tough spot to be in.”
Last year, Jodi Arias was convicted in the 2008 death of Travis Alexander. However, jurors deadlocked on her punishment. Since October last year, a new jury has been hearing testimony in this recent Jodi Arias sentencing trial over whether she should receive the death penalty or spend the rest of her life in prison.
ABC 15 Arizona reports the new Jodi Arias sentencing trial that took place on Tuesday included lies, cheating, and sexual text messages.
During the trial, prosecutor Martinez dramatically declared that a previous judge in a different case involving the testimony of Dr. Geffner said his testimony was completely without merit. When Dr. Geffner was asked by the prosecutor if it was true that a judge in a prior case said his testimony was completely without merit, Dr. Geffner responded by saying the judge had said that only part of his testimony was of no merit.
According to Ecumenical News, in addition to testimony that scrutinized Travis’ alleged relationships with women, defense attorneys claimed that police officers on the case mishandled crucial evidence and provided false testimony.
The defense said law enforcement personnel deleted traces of pornographic websites from Travis’s laptop. They also allege that several mitigation witnesses are declining to testify because they cannot bear witness secretly.
In recent years, the murder and sentencing trial of Jodi Arias has undergone widespread media exposure. We can expect to see and hear more in the coming months.
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