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Jodi Arias Murder Trial – Day Fifteen


So far, none of the defense witnesses have done anything to advance the defense!  I was surprised that Arias took the stand yesterday.  She really had to at some point because of the self-defense nonsense, but it came sooner than I expected.  Her demeanor is very flat and matter-of-fact as she describes how abusive her parents were.  As she threw them under the bus, she exhibited no emotion or signs of stress.  While she has obviously been coached, she can’t give a simple answer.  She is providing way too much detail and we have seen that’s when the inconsistencies show up.  Mr. Martinez is going to have a field day on cross!

Court begins at (sigh, Judge Stephens’ calendar is overloaded, yet again!) 11:08.

Bench conference…double sigh!

Screen shot 2013-02-05 at 1.13.32 PMJodi on the stand.


We were talking about you were ready to move in with Matt McCarthy, do you remember?  Yes, I don’t recall the exact date or time.

He treated me very well, he was very kind and respectable and spiritual.  I was concerned about some of his books.…they were about witchcraft.  He was studying Wiccan.

Was this a sexual relationship?  Yes.

Were you in love with him?  Yes, very much.

They were together for a year and eight months.

Did he ever hit you?  No.

Call you a slut?  No.

A three-hole wonder?  No.

They started having little arguments over household things that made things uncomfortable so they broke up.

She saw a photo of Matt and a female named Bianca…remember folks…she and Matt were separated at this time.

She decided to find out if Matt was really cheating on her… remember folks…she and Matt were separated at this time.

She met with Bianca and they talked for about an hour and Jodi confirmed that she and Matt were together.

Jodi claims to have felt betrayed and she confronted Matt and that ended their relationship in 2001.

Now we are up to her hooking up with Darryl Brewer in Big Sur at Ventana resort.

Holy crap…Matt came down there to work too!  And, now they were going to live together again!

She was waiting tables and then the wedding planner was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died in a month so she filled in as the wedding coordinator.

She worked with Brewer for a year and she developed a crush on him.

She was 22 and he was 42.  He resigned from management and then they began dating.

She and Darryl bought the house together in 2005.

She claims to have fallen in love with Darryl, but she had to overlook flaws.  He was a smoker and an alcoholic…good lord!

Whoa, now she says Darryl stopped drinking in 2004!  So when was it?  Was he drinking when they bought the house in 2005?

She feels that when they moved to Palm Desert she and Darryl’s son had a good relationship…not like her son, but more like a sibling.

Noon recess called.

Court resumes at (sigh, these delays are beyond infuriating!  Must be a hell of a sidebar going on!) 1:48 MST.


We were talking about when you and Darryl purchased the home in Palm Desert?  Yes.

He didn’t want to get married?  No, we did talk about having a child.

They would live in the house for maybe two years before flipping it.  She thought she would buy him out and use the house as a business investment.

The housing market collapsed and she was barely making the mortgage payments and couldn’t pay household expenses.

She began putting expenses on her credit card.

2006 she still loved Darryl, but she was now 26 and began to realize this relationship wasn’t going anywhere.

We weren’t going anywhere and just had reached a different level.

I wanted to get more into my art and photography.

This is where she gets into Travis as a meal ticket!

Her manager at California Pizza Kitchen turned her onto PPL!!!

She decided to check out PPL.  She took materials home and set them aside.  This is March 2006.

She attended a PPL convention in September 2006…reluctantly!!!

She’s living paycheck to paycheck and she had to give up most of the things she liked…like Starbucks.  She thought at the time, she and Darryl were in different spaces at the time.

She went to the PPL convention at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

She attended for 5 days and participated in team meetings and meeting more PPL associates.

She met Travis on Wednesday night, early September 2006.  He walked towards her quickly, but he stopped and stuck his hand out and introduced himself.

Travis inserted himself in the group she was hanging with and he kept her engaged in conversation.

Travis invited her to the ‘upscale’ executive banquette.

She said no because she had no dress-up clothes…she was across town and didn’t see how she could attend.  She went out and a friend of Travis lent her a dressy outfit.

The dress came from Sky Hughes!!!  OMG!

All the people there were successful and that impressed her as legitimate.

It made a big impression on her.


The absolute hate on Travis’ family’s faces is heartbreaking!Screen shot 2013-02-05 at 6.12.43 PM

Travis was an executive and he hadn’t gotten his ring yet, but was close to making $100k per year.

She says people who gave speeches referred to the lifestyle they enjoyed.  They didn’t worry about where money would come from.  It spoke to her!  Probably because she is a gold digger!!!!

He asked her if she was into UCF…ultimate cage fighting.

Money, money, money!!!

Jodi now says she finally realized Travis was interested in her and Travis was aware she had a relationship with Darryl.

Travis was texting her and got friendlier and friendlier.  She pulled him aside and told him she had a boyfriend.  She told him she liked him, but was in a relationship.

Travis told her shouldn’t settle for her relationship.

Then they started talking about Mormonism.

He made it very obvious he wanted to kiss me, but was using restraint.

She returned to California and Travis began to call her in Palm Desert.  She still considered Darryl her boyfriend, but they didn’t have sex because they broke up.

She broke up prior to the convention? Then she said it was after she got back!

Remember folks… (Darryl said she said no more sex after she became a Mormon.)

She left the convention feeling uncomfortable about selling, but believed in the product.

Back to Darryl…

She claims Darryl didn’t get that Jodi had told him they were done.

She then went to Chris and Sky’s to spend a couple days for a party.

She was a party guest, not Travis’s date.

The first time she and Travis kissed was when he came into her bedroom.

They had been speaking nightly since the night after the convention ended.

Claims Travis made jokes about Darryl’s age…calling him grandpa and encouraged her not to settle for mediocrity.

Judge calls recess….

I’m really thinking Nurmi will drag this out til the end of the week so as not to let Martinez loose til Monday, just sayin!


We talked about the weekend with Travis and Chris and Sky Hughes.  You kissed Mr. Alexander in the bedroom you were staying in?  Yes.

Travis came in and they just started kissing…no conversation.  It was passionate.  They were getting intimate.  Travis began to remove her clothes…ayuh!

I really hate this crap of the defense trashing the victim!!!

Jodi didn’t stop him because she didn’t want to hurt his feelings, but he was doing the initiating.

He removed all her clothes, but he remained dressed in his ‘magic underwear.’… kill me now!

Travis preformed oral sex on her!!!  BS, BS, BS!!!

If I could reach through the screen, I would choke this biatch.

She didn’t stop him because she didn’t want him to see anything negative about her.

He had asked her to reciprocate.  He ejaculated in her mouth.

I’m reeling from these lies, rehearsed and nothing but bs!

She returned to Palm Desert and Travis spoke with her that night.  They spoke about church and how she liked it.

The church folks began to contact her so missionaries could come to her house.

Travis gave her a book of Mormon at Starbucks before he returned to Mesa.

They got in her car and she says Travis told her he was horny!

He asked her to perform oral sex in the car.

No way a prude, I’m just sick over this!

I did it because I felt an attraction to him and wanted to do what he wanted to do.

After Travis left, she felt a little disappointed with herself, but felt they were both attracted to each other, but thought this was a bit early in her relationship with Travis.

Travis called her and said she says he voiced displeasure with himself.

She next spoke to Travis that night or the following night.  They spoke every night for hours.  They spoke religion and had flirty conversations.

Now, we’re back to the missionaries.  They showed up about two times a week.

They never spoke to her about the vow of chastity!

She met up with Travis again at a halfway point between CA and AZ.  They went to hangout and she thought there would be intimacy because Travis mentioned it.

At this point, no vaginal intercourse?  No.

No anal intercourse?  No.

Arias is no longer looking directly at the jury!

Judge calls it quits.

No court on Thursday…geez!

  1. MMD
    02/05/2013 at 6:57 pm

    Not only is Nurmi going to let Martinez hang until Monday, I can guarantee that it is a defence conflict that is cancelling court on Thursday so that the jury has a long, long time to think about poor, poor, victim Jodi. I would put money on it and I hope that it just makes Martinez more prepared. Here’s a notion, maybe he can track down some of her old boyfriends to disprove her lies!

    Damn, gotta calm down but that Nurmi along with Jodi and her hand cupping when she stands for the jury, make me want to vomit!!! Yuck! 😦

  2. donchais
    02/05/2013 at 7:01 pm

    Not happy with the defense or Arias, but Martinez now gets extra time to hone that blade!

  3. ritanita
    02/05/2013 at 7:23 pm

    Donchais, I so agree! I can see Martinez brain going 90mph as he writes his voluminous notes. His cross is going to be blistering! He will poke holes in everything she has recited to the jury.

    I’m listening to Beth Karas who points out that Jodi was sexually aggressive with Darryl and Ryan. For now, her testimony is going unquestioned. Oh, you couldn’t pay me to stay away when he gets up to question Jodi.

    Jodi didn’t have as much time to make up her stories before she talked to Flores, and I hope the jury remembers every lie she told him. If she could lie then, look how she can lie now.

    I just checked my calendar and see that Thursday is scheduled for an evidentiary hearing. I’m sure that it will be televised. Guess we’ll have to see tomorrow.

    Muchas gracias chica!

  4. donchais
    02/05/2013 at 7:29 pm

    MMD…hang in…word of evidentiary hearing Thursday..will know more tomorrow!

  5. 02/05/2013 at 9:18 pm

    What a joke!! With all the boyfriends she had in her past and now she’s embarrassed?! Where was her modesty when she was rolling over with every guy she knew? And how about that fool Brewer who left his management position to become a server? Why….because he had the hots for her and he couldn’t mess with her while he was her supervisor! She was playing with his mind and told him she had a crush on him. He was a 42 year old man who didn’t have a girlfriend and here was this 22 year old bleached blonde teasing this man! Who was doing the chasing in that relationship….HER! Keep in mind she has always done the leaving and breaking up in ALL of her prior relationships. Travis was the first to walk away from her when he finally called it quits! He was the first to tell her NO! She made one last attempt to pull him back in with sex and it backfired! He was still taking someone else to Mexico. For that she made him pay the price with his life! She made a comment in one of her interviews that “she’s had other boyfriends and they’re still alive”….Why…because she walked away from them not the other way around. They didn’t have the money and influence Travis had! She wasn’t obsessed with them! That’s why they’re still alive…they didn’t have anything she wanted! And now she’s embarrassed?!!! Give me a frickin’ break!! We wanted to reach out and punch her dead center in her face!
    The court analysts are asking why Martinez is not objecting more. Our take on this…..give her enough rope and let her hang herself! He’s objecting where it counts, to her attempts to repeat what Travis supposedly said to her. Hearsay. He has plenty of time now to get ready for her! We’re anxious to hear the jury questions of her!!!

  6. Berndatte
    02/05/2013 at 10:42 pm

    I just want to thank you so much for writing these re-caps. The testimony has been excruciating. I had to leave today to do an errand…and I missed an hour and a half. I despise Arias and I didn’t know Travis from adam. I can only imagine how much his family hates her. Well, anyway, I had a colossal headache during my errand and I realized it came from watching the trial. After reading your exceptional re-cap, I won’t even have to watch youtube to catch up. It is much better for me to read your re-caps. You are an excellent reporter. I am very grateful. I am even contemplating not watching, reading your recaps and then tuning in again when it is the prosecution’s turn. Thanks for giving me that option. You’re THE BEST.

  7. donchais
    02/05/2013 at 11:22 pm

    cici, I have no doubt Mr.Martinez will be ‘loaded for bear’ when he has his go at Arias. IMHO, he’s one of the best at his craft!

    Berndatte, hope you are feeling better and you are way too kind! I do what I do because I believe victims have been let down by the system and need advocates to remember and fend for their rights. Travis and his family deserve so much more than the farce of Arias lying on the stand and the besmirching his reputation!

  8. 02/05/2013 at 11:54 pm

    Hey, I’ve been following your recaps and lurking a bit. job well done and thanks for your time and effort.

    She is such a liar! According to that 48 Hours interview she was pretty proud of the fact that they had become intimate, not to mention that both her exes describe her as pretty aggressive. On the 48 Hours interview she made it clear that they were two consenting adults.

  9. donchais
    02/06/2013 at 12:00 am

    Thanks deni…lurk all ya want. Jodi’s desire for fame has given her just that! She is now, and will forever be, infamous!

  10. Lisa
    02/06/2013 at 12:32 am

    So far there is nothing unusual or sexually deviant in Travis’ behavior even if she is to be believed. She could have walked away at any time. My heart goes out to his family. I really hope they get justice for Travis.

  11. donchais
    02/06/2013 at 12:39 am

    You got that right Lisa!

  12. Dramsop
    02/06/2013 at 1:06 am

    OMG. The stuff she is spouting is like the plot of a terribly written, amateur novel in which she stars as Jodi Arias – superhero. She gets brutally beaten by her parents, gets strangled by a boyfriend to the point of passing out, and has an ex-boyfriend slitting his wrists and ending up in a facility. She miraculously has the skills to fill in for a wedding planner who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and dies within a month, and she dates someone from another country who has the same last name.She kills Travis because he allegedly attacks her – morphing from a man , relaxed and naked and alone in a shower — to some murderous demon. After finishing him off, she allegedly plans to kill herself but of course, doesn’t .This woman is a piece of work. She just picks up whatever is in the ether and adds it to her stream of consciousness lies.

  13. donchais
    02/06/2013 at 1:22 am

    Yup, you got it all right!

  14. jad
    02/06/2013 at 4:11 am

    Jodi Arias has placed the time that she received the Book of Mormon and made arrangements for study groups to discuss the Book of Mormon as after the September, 2006 date that she met Travis Alexander and had one week later gone to the residence of Chris and Sky Hughes. There seems to be a contradiction in her sworn declaration to that which has been stated under Oath by her former live-in lover, Darryl Brewer. He stated the Mormon Missionaries visited over the summer months of 2006, which, as the prosecutor has already pointed out is before a date in the fall of 2006, when Jodi Arias alleges Mr. Alexander had actually arranged the first Mormon Missionary visitations.

    Darryl Brewer placed the time that Jodi Arias received breast augmentation surgery as sometime in May of 2006. He asserted that this was after she had joined Pre-Paid Legal and had decided she would be structuring her life around that particular company. So, it seems that there was another plan for Mr. Alexander, and it did not seem to concern what he wanted.

    The real question then is when did Jodi Arias prepare herself to meet Travis Alexander, a superstar Pre-Paid Legal staffer and (almost thirty year-old) Mormon known for his virginity and desire to get married and have a wife and family. Knowing that much about Mr. Alexander could be used to present to him what he thought he wanted. Jodi Arias could have entered his line of sight as his dream come true. With her in the picture, she could help around his computer and workspace. However, with someone else dabbling, Mr. Alexander’s work product could have been manipulated. Moneys due to him could have been diverted, or his downline could have been changed, or (for another’s benefit) there could have been a change to the listing of those above him.

    Gus Searcy [who says “people who work the hardest make the money”] has stated his entrance into the picture early-on and admitted speaking with Jodi Arias at least once a week [even though she is not in his line] — although his business mind has had trouble trying to remember exact dates and the places he would have been with or talked to Jodi Arias. I suppose he must be careful. After all, he twice mentioned Dallas as a locale and had commented he had helped Jodi Arias after her phone was stolen when he gave her a Helio phone because “They gave it to me”. During that same Trial testimony he uttered this had occurred when Jodi was moving to Northern California. This can not be mistaken for the time she was leaving Arizona when she spent two days and an overnight in his motor home in Las Vegas, as he, himself, said, under Oath, that the incident with the gifting of the Helio phone was the second time he was with Jodi Arias — which was in Pasadena, California.

    That is not the only disconcerting declaration made by Gus Searcy. He seems to think that the Court will let him get away with testifying at the Evidentiary Hearing that he received a text message from Chris Hughes January 15, at 10:15 A.M., which changes two minutes later to 10:00 A.M., after Mr. Hughes had sent out a questioned text at close to 9:00 A.M. (a little before by eight minutes). He must believe that the Court will allow recognition of Central Time for Pacific Time — as it is Central Time that one would add an hour and Pacific Time that one would subtract an hour. California’s Pacific Time Zone almost always runs an hour behind Arizona’s Mountain Time Zone, except for what appears to be the phone of Gus Searcy. Of course (if he were not in Mountain Time in Texas), he could have been in Dallas, rather than San Diego, California where he said he was when he got the call. Maybe he should somehow correct himself (however that may be) so that Eastern Daylight Time does not have that little Gus Searcy anomaly.

    • donchais
      02/06/2013 at 8:49 am

      Thanks! Food for thought…

  15. Nienna
    02/06/2013 at 11:59 am

    I’d hate to point out the obvious… Her testimony, not only in wording but also in emotions, describing her first meeting with Travis was completely different than her recorded statements to Inside Edition. On Inside Edition, she said with (what I would describe as) enthusiasm how Travis walked straight up to me and etc… I’m positive that Mr. Martinez will point out the difference on the cross. I just hope while on the cross when he addresses her statement that no jury would ever convict her was because she had plans to commit suicide… That he points out that in the first few minutes of the episode she smiled and said how happy she was or how good it felt to put on her makeup! Sorry, but people that are currently planning their own demise don’t often get excited about makeup!

  16. 02/06/2013 at 1:21 pm

    If Travis was doing all this stuff to her, making her feel ashamed and all, using her for sex, etc., etc. blah blah — and him being a devout Mormon and preaching to her, why on earth would she want to be a Mormon?! If some guy was preaching to me and being a jerk, it would sooooo turn me off!!!!!

  17. MMD
    02/06/2013 at 1:51 pm

    ritanita – do you know what time the evidentiary hearing is tomorrow? I am on AST – 3 hours ahead of AZ.

    Berndatte – I think that you have the right idea. I have been having wicked headaches from watching this on my computer so I may try and just read the awesome recaps that donchais does. I can’t stop until after the cross through – it’s like I’m a moth drawn to a flame!!!

    Wow, I can’t believe she brought Bill Clinton into the convo. Isn’t AZ a red state? Not only is this about sex and religion but now Nurmi wants politics in the mix as well!

    Donchais, I’m just concerned with all that time that the sword may be too honed. It seems like she is able to wrap men around her little finger so easily and I’m worried that if she has done that to any of the male jurors who are falling for this poor, used, victim/girl that Martinez would rub them the wrong way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m lovin’ Juan Martinez, it’s the male jurors that are concerning me. We’ve all seen women like her who can get men to think whatever the hell they want them to and bring out their protective instincts. It’s always amazes me because I sure as hell can’t do it!

  18. Rache
    02/06/2013 at 2:04 pm

    The more I listen to Nurmi, the more sick I become. Poor Jodi who only wanted Travis to be happy….she didn’t care about her own happiness..she just went along with sex, oral sex, anal sex….whatever….to please Travis….puke! And as far as her drama about Travis forcing her into anal sex…and how she felt like a used piece of toilet paper….well, her former lover already testified that he and Jodi, ALSO, had anal sex. OH…she read the “rules” of the Mormon church but COULD NOT figure out she was disobeying the chastity portion? RIGHT. She even blames Travis for this. Seriously, I may stop watching because Arias and her defense team are making me sick.

  19. Rache
    02/06/2013 at 2:05 pm

    This trial is a testament to the widely-held belief that most defense lawyers are pond-scum.

  20. MMD
    02/06/2013 at 2:48 pm

    Rache – you truly made me laugh!!!!!!!!!!! Nurmi irritates me so much and I would just love to send him down a pair of suspenders to hold up his damn pants so he can stop yanking at them!!! 🙂

  21. PK
    02/06/2013 at 4:30 pm

    I continue to be distracted by Kirk Nurmi’s strong resemblance to a fully inflated blowfish.

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