Jodi Arias is on trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriends, Travis Alexander, in a gruesome and violent attack in 2008. The violent attack by Arias involved stabbing Alexander 27 times, then slashing his throat, and finally shooting him twice in the head. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
Earlier in the week, Jodi Arias took the stand to explain her statement in news interviews that “no jury would ever convict”. Arias said that she made that statement because she planned to commit suicide after the interview, but she never went through with it.
Jodi testified that she grew up in an abusive home, and that both of her parents would beat her and her brother.
“My brother and I, we didn’t like being hit,” Arias said. “We’d squirm around a little, but the more we did, the more we’d get hit. At one point, I don’t think she meant to, my mother broke my brother’s wrist. As I became a teenager my dad would get rougher and rougher.”
Today, Jodi Arias testified on how Travis Alexander treated her. In addition, she was questioned about her previous ex-boyfriends. Prior to meeting Travis, she was dating Darryl Brewer, a divorced man that was 20 years older than her.
She met Travis on a Prepaid Legal Convention in Las Vegas on 2006 where Alexander seemed to take a liking to her and was extremely flirtatious. When she returned from her trip, she broke it off with Brewer.
Arias then went on to explain how the relationship became physical much faster than she had hoped for and that she performed oral sex on him, that he would tell her that he was “horny,” and that he gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon prior to returning to California.
The most shocking moment came when Jodi Arias testified that Travis Alexander made her have anal sex on the very same day of her baptism, November 26, 2006.
She continued to talk to him every day on the phone, and Travis sent her pictures of his genitalia and asked for nude pictures back from her, which she never sent back.
The relationship built to a point in the February of 2007 when Arias and Alexander decided to make their relationship exclusive.
Arias told the jury that the first time they had sexual intercourse was during the spring of 2007.
Jodi Arias will continue her testimony in front of court on Monday.