Jodi Arias Murder Trial – Day Five
To me, the two most striking things to come out of yesterday’s testimony is the fact that Jodi was making-out with Ryan Burns just hours after Travis was brutally murdered. According to Burns, she was calm, not upset and was laughing, joking and cuddling with him while watching movies. She also had bandages on her finger.
The second thing was the Det. Esteban Flores phone conversation snippets played for the court. Jodi says she hasn’t seen Travis, she’s afraid of guns, etc. It’s just lie after lie with Arias!!!
Special Agent Nathan Mendez from Redding California.
He was involved in the case July 11, 2008.
He was asked to establish address and location of Jodi Arias.
He ID’s her.
Address was grandparent’s home, Pine Street.
She was working at Casa Ramos in Yreka. Never known as Margaretville.
Jodi was arrested July 15, 2008. He assisted in carrying out search warrant on the home.
He is a present detective from Mesa and crime scene investigator.
He prepared a photographic line-up using a known photograph of the defendant from her booking photo.
Martinez shows the photograph of line-up, instructions, and a control page with identification. Jodi was in position 5, identified by a Rafael Colombo, rental car agent.
Martinez shows him photos of the Pine Street home that he identifies.
He found the Budget Rental Car contract and a ton of receipts in a box in her bedroom.
There is no Budget in Yreka. This one was located in Redding, 90 miles away.
The car was rented June 2 and returned June 8.
The car was driven 2,834 miles.
What did Colombo say when he identified the photo? That she had blond hair when she came in.
A bunch of food and fuel receipts come in that show Arias making her way south from Yreka to Travis on the 2nd and 3rd of June.
Several bank deposit receipts come in. Jodi had no money so someone was funding her or she was stealing it from someone?
The receipts now coming in show Arias in Nevada on her way to Ryan Burns in Utah.
Martinez is being very methodical in tracing Arias’ movements.
On the 7th, receipts show Aries is headed back to Yreka.
Nurmi on cross.
If someone had paid in cash, the receipts wouldn’t have a credit card number on it? No.
Nurmi shows the bank deposits again:
#1 deposit account#8006 $400 6/3 10:10
#2 deposit account#7148 $300 6/3 10:11
#3 deposit account#7148 $100 6/3 10:15
State calls Lisa Perry. Works for Mesa PD crime lab. She is a forensic examiner, collects samples to pass on for DNA analysis.
She reported to the crime scene looking at bloodstains to see how they were deposited.
She spent most of her time in the bathroom looking at bloodstains.
She found samples downstairs on the washer, the downstairs bathroom, and the stairs….
She identifies several photos.
The swab on the washing machine and the downstairs sink were positive for blood.
The upstairs bathroom wasn’t tested due to the amount of stain as well as her educational training in recognizing bloodstains.
She has the education to tell the how leaving blood spatter occurs.
Martinez shows her a number of photos of the crime seems. Several of the stains in the bathroom show an impact with a blood source. The source was low, below 12 inches, and there was impact.
She examined the bath mat and identified an amount of blood on the underneath. The mat was either moved over the blood or water was mixed with the blood and ran under the mat.
A large area of blood on the bathroom floor appears to have dripped down from the blood source.
All of this goes to Jodi savagely stabbing Travis, repeatedly in the bathroom, in an extremely short period of minutes.
Lunch is called.
The low blood spatter on the walls indicates Travis was down and it wasn’t self-defense bleeding at that point.
Lisa Perry is back on the stand.
A lot of the blood spots don’t give a clear indication of how they got there.
The bath scale, there were bloodstain were on the top and the bottom of the scale.
In the sink area Perry says the area at the front of the sink appears to be diluted as with water and it appears there are swipes or wipes.
In the sink, the blood source was above the sink and there was some motion over the top of the sink.
So, Travis was moving over the sink as he was bleeding, probably hanging on the sink to steady himself.
There were blood spots on the mirror and just below the bottom of mirror. The spatter could have come from someone coughing or sneezing if they had blood in their airway.
Perry says the bullet casing landed in the blood that was already there.
So the casing was placed there after the blood was deposited there? Yes.
So the person was already bleeding? Yes.
Nurmi says speculation and they go to the bench.
That wasn’t speculation…she’s trained!!!
Perry says the blood being in several areas indicates the victim was moving.
The box in the linen closet that has markings that indicate that bloody water has been wicked-up on the box.
Perry feels a decent amount of blood had to have been present in the closet area.
The larger spots of blood could have been a pooling of blood or the victim was lying there for a period of time.
Martinez has moved to the hallway. The blood is linear on the wall and indicates blood coming in contact with a surface.
Parts of the floor are bloody and parts are clear. Perry says the clear area could have mixed with water. Perry says that bloody areas could be from someone how was actively bleeding.
The really large pool of blood on the hallway carpet shows lighter areas that could be someone walked through it. Also after inspection, the underneath of carpet indicated water had soaked through the underneath. The carpet butts up against the tile area of the hall.
So much of the blood on the lower parts of the walls and baseboards indicate a blood source came in contact with them.
We finally reach transfers spots on the lip of the shower and the shoe impression by the edge of the shower.
Perry identifies a shoeless, sock less foot in a photo.
Arias so dragged Travis’ body through the hallway to the shower. No doubt about it!
Nurmi on cross.
Was water used to alter what you saw? Yes.
Could it be used to clean hands and feet? Yes.
Is it possible for the shower to have been completely cleaned of blood on the walls if washed done? Yes.
Can you tell the quantity of blood at the scene? No, I personally couldn’t say.
State calls Esteban Flores again.
In your conversation with Ms. Arias, did you discuss her knowledge of Mr. Alexander’s pin numbers? Yes.
A CD is being played.
Holy Crap! She had Travis’ ATM pin.
Is this where the bank deposits came from???
Did Mr. Alexander have roommates? Yes.
Were they associated with this crime in anyway? No.
Did you see the Inside Edition interview where Ms. Arias said she didn’t kill Mr. Alexander and no jury would ever convict her? Yes.
Martinez plays a portion of the interview.
Judge asks Nurmi if he wants to cross…Nurmi asks to approach.
Nurmi on cross.
On the June 25 call with Ms. Arias you talked about her move back to California? Yes.
Ms. Arias mentioned she trashed his car? Yes.
It involved a u-haul dolly? Yes, it was an accident.
You went to the police academy? Yes.
You learned the importance of writing reports that may be used in proceedings like this? Yes.
What the heck is Nurmi doing???? It’s like he’s been given a do-over, ofgs!
You attended the autopsy on June 10 of Mr. Alexander? Yes.
You submitted your report on June 27? Yes.
You came from the autopsy believing Mr. Alexander had been shot first? Yes.
Nurmi appears to be going after Dr. Horn, ME again. He lost this one big-time the other day!!!
Nurmi is making a huge mess out of this. He is browbeating Flores with questions that the ME would have to respond to.
So your testimony that the gunshot occurred first was inaccurate?
Hah! Flores just told Nurmi he is NOT a doctor.
This is a big waste of time!
Afternoon recess called.
They come back from break and immediately go to bench conference!
BTW, the testimony Nurmi is talking about comes from an August 6th 2009 hearing.
Your testimony was a mistake? No, my testimony wasn’t a mistake; it was a misunderstanding of what Dr. Horn said.
With regard to the police report, is there is anywhere where you ever indicate the sequencing? No.
Do you talk about the wounds? Yes.
Martinez great on cleanup!
Ahhhh, the hearing in question was attended by other defense attorneys…not Nurmi!
The testimony you gave, was that your opinion or Dr. Horn’s? It was mine.
State calls Jodi Legg. Mesa crime lab…forensic biology. DNA analyst.
She outlines her training and what DNA is and how it is measured.
She received known samples from Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander and created profiles from both.
She analyzed the piece of wall that had been cut out. It contained a major profile of Aria and the minor was Travis.
Major means there was a higher profile.
Her opinion is both of them were present in the profile.
2 pieces of hair were submitted, one had a root the second didn’t contain root material.
The part that had no root has substance on it that belonged to Travis. The hair with the root was Jodi’s.
Nurmi wisely has no questions.
Appears Martinez thought the defense would go into lengthy questions.
We have no more witnesses on hand.
Think last Monday was a fluke and we’ll be back on Monday!
Have a great weekend!