Jodi Arias has shown that her memory never fails her. In the eight days she's spent testifying, she has regaled the jury and the court spectators with intricate details of every event and conversation of her life. She's told of what was said by a person on a specific day, even asked to remember her emotions during particular text message conversations with Travis Alexander, which she did with no difficulty. But the events of June 4th, 2008 are a little fuzzy in her memory. Convenient.
She told of how Travis body-slammed her when she dropped his camera on the bathroom floor while she took naked pictures of him in the shower. After that, she escaped his wrestling holds and ran through the closet and grabbed a gun she knew he kept on the top shelf (which no one else knew about), pointing it at the 30-year-old entrepreneur and motivational speaker. She then claims that, during the struggle, the gun accidentally went off, believing that the bullet had discharged into the wall, giving Travis another reason to be upset with her. After that, Jodi drew a blank. She doesn't remember stabbing her lover 27 times or slitting his throat to near decapitation. "I have no memory of stabbing him," she said. "There's a huge gap. I don't know if I blacked out or what, but there's a huge gap. The most clear memory I have after that point is driving in the desert." She did recall some vague flashbacks of dropping the knife on the bathroom tiles, realizing what she had done, and screaming.
The real question is: Has the defense proven their case? They have spent much time damaging the reputation of Travis Alexander, speaking of how he was abusive to Jodi Arias, a sexual deviant, and a pedophile, but have they shown that Jodi was a battered woman who killed in self defense? The prosecution contends that she premeditated the murder, killing him in a jealous rage. What remaining information does Jodi have to tell? Will she be offering up the location of the gun and the knife she used to murder her lover? And what about the cross examination? What will Juan Martinez get out of her? After all the bull she spewed, will he elicit some truths from her? Will he prove that she, once again, lied?
It also makes you wonder how she is keeping it all together. If a normal person had done something so atrocious, you would think they wouldn't be able to control the guilt. They would constantly be crying, just from being so ashamed of their actions. While Jodi has spoken about being ashamed, she doesn't actually show any shame. Or guilt, for the matter. What does that say about her? Travis' sisters cry almost every day, intermittent with giving Jodi the evil eye. At least they have feelings...
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