How will Jennifer Willmott & Kirk Nurmi defend the lies of their client, Jodi Arias?
The Jodi Arias murder trial is set to resume in a Phoenix Arizona court room on Tuesday, twelve days after Prosecutor Juan Martinez and the State of Arizona rested their case. Jodi Arias, now 32 years old is on trial for the June 4, 2008 murder of her former boyfriend, 30 year old Travis Alexander. Arias has called the Estrella jail home since her arrest on July 15, 2008. Arias was unable to post the $2,000,000 bond set by the court. If you have not been following this case, Travis Alexander was stabbed more than 27 times, had his throat slit from ear to ear and was shot in the head in the bathroom of his Mesa home. Arias was a suspect early on, after Travis Alexander’s friends pointed police her way after describing her as not only an ex-girlfriend but his “stalker”.
Jodi Arias was arrested on July 15, 2008 in Yreka, CA where she was living with her grandparents. Her first court appointed attorney asked to be taken off the murder case (and was), Arias was going to represent herself but due to the seriousness of the charges she faces and a potential death penalty, she wisely accepted representation from her current defense attorney Jennifer Willmott, who is joined by Kirk Nurmi in this trial. The State of Arizona rested their case rather suddenly on January 17, 2013 after hearing from several key witnesses including the lead detective in the case, the medical examiner, latent print experts, crime scene technicians, representatives from Verizon, Budget Rental Car as well as Ryan Burns, the man Jodi Arias visited in Utah just hours after she murdered Travis Alexander. The testimony and evidence was “compelling” – to use Arias’s own words. The defense team will need to do some major damage control. Their client has lied repeatedly, told three different stories relating to this murder, and the jury has viewed the interrogation videos and television interviews in which we now know Arias is lying. They’ve seen how easily lying seems to come to her.
People accused of crimes lying is nothing new, let’s face it. But the brutal nature of this crime takes her lies to a whole new despicable level. Arias herself called the crime “heinous” during interviews, and told Detective Flores “if I’d killed Travis, I’d beg for the death penalty”. At one point during an interrogation, she puts forth a hypothetical scenario in which she tells Flores “IF I had it in me to do this, it would have been more humane” or something to that effect. Just creepy. The self defense claims happen to be Jodi Arias’s third story. The first story “I wasn’t there, I didn’t do it” was followed by “I was there, but two masked intruders killed Travis, but let me go”. It was only after she knew the police had managed to recover the photos she tried so desperately to delete from the memory card of Travis’s digital camera that she knew she had to change her story. They had her bloody palm print, they had the photos – they were time and date stamped.