A Facebook message from Travis Alexander to Jodi Arias said: "I was nothing more than a dildo with a heartbeat for you," pointing out that the pair's relationship had become only of a sexual nature. The two had dated roughly a year prior to Alexander's murder in June 2008, but after that, they had continued a sexual relationship, which was against their Mormon beliefs.
The trial began Wednesday, 4-and-a-half years after Alexander's body was found in the shower stall of his Mesa, Arizona home. He had been stabbed 27 times, had his throat slit from ear to ear, and been shot once in the face. He was discovered in an advanced state of decomposition by his roommates. After hearing a recording of Jodi's first phone conversation with police after the murder, photos of the crime scene and the victim's body were shown to the jury. This case is sure to be filled with graphic and explicit photos, as these are essentially the smoking gun in the case. A camera was found in Alexander's washing machine, with some clothing items, which contained photos time stamped June 4th, 2008, the day Travis Alexander was killed. The first photos are of Arias and Alexander in sexually provocative poses, followed by photos of Travis in the shower, the last one time stamped at 5:30:18 pm. After that, there is a random picture of the bathroom ceiling, as though the camera were dropped, time stamped 5:31:14. The next photo is time stamped 5:32:16 and appears to be that of a deceased Travis Alexander being dragged down the hallway between the master bedroom and master bath.
It's impossible to know what exactly happened to Alexander, but it seems apparent that Jodi Arias is the sole person responsible for his death. She is presently claiming that she killed him in self defense, saying that he was physically and sexually abusive. However, his family says that this is absolute hogwash and that Jodi was actually the aggressor, stalking Travis and threatening other women he had dated. He was a devout member of the Mormon church, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker. From all accounts, Travis Alexander was a great person who had a promising future. Is there anyone, besides Jodi, who is going to contradict that?
This trial is expected to continue until April, which seems possible, with all the recesses and days spent not in court. The trial resumes again on Tuesday, January 8th, and is streamed live on several sites, including AZCentral.com. How will the jury find Arias? If found guilty, she faces the death penalty, which would make her the 4th woman to sit on Arizona's death row. Is it possible that Travis Alexander really was abusive, like a wolf in sheep's clothing, just fooling everyone? Or is it more likely that Jodi is the obsessive stalker that everyone claims she is, killing Travis for using her?
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