Though most of the court day was filled with objections and sidebars, during the little bit of actual testimony, psychologist Richard Samuels admitted that there had been some errors in his evaluation of Jodi Arias. You would think this would be the kind of job where errors don't happen; but just this case seems to be full of them, without even mentioning the case several years ago in New Jersey, where he had crossed the boundary of objectivity. That should make Jodi nervous, as this is part of the cracker jack team trying to save her life.
The good doctor claims to have spent approximately 25-30 hours evaluating Arias, deciding that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was a given diagnosis for the woman who has since admitted to the brutal June 4th, 2008 murder of Travis Alexander in his Mesa, Arizona bathroom. Prosecutor Juan Martinez highlighted the point that the tests done to provide the diagnosis for the defendant hadn't been repeated after she admitted to lying about the circumstances of the murder, though telling the truth is kind of a prerequisite for these kind of tests. Before she settled on self defense as her "reason" for killing her lover, she had also told authorities that she was not present when the murder occurred; and, after evidence tied her to the scene, she told of two masked intruders that had attacked them after a day of sexual fantasy and naughty pictures, available for view only because the camera was left in the washing machine. It is a stupid move on the part of Jodi Arias, since that's essentially the smoking gun tying her to the murder.
Why had the tests not been repeated was a primary point for Juan Martinez, to which Samuels replied, "That was an oversight and I should have done that." However, that was not the only error made by the faux doctor. Additionally, he is unsure about some of the notes he had taken while speaking with Jodi, regarding how she had been tied to Travis' bed. His notes seem to indicate that her ankles were also bound by the rope, which most people dispute even existed, (Hey, it's Jodi Arias, she lies all the time, how would anyone know if there really was a rope or not?) though she has testified that only her hands were tied. He also left important documents relating to his diagnosis on his desk on the day he was to testify in court, attempting to save Jodi from death row. Way to go, man, seriously.
The body of Travis Alexander was discovered on June 9th, 2008, by friends who had thought he was out-of-town on a business trip. He had been stabbed 27 times and shot once in the head, with his throat slit, nearly decapitating the 30 year old entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and devout Mormon. In addition to the photographs that had to be recovered from the camera found in the washer, forensic evidence, including her blood mixed with the victims', connected her to the crime. But, prior to all that, Travis' friends and family knew she had been the one who had taken his life.
This trial started January 2nd, and due to the extensive court black out days and short and interrupted court proceedings, there has only been 32 days of testimony, including 18 days by Arias herself, where she spoke of everything from her abused childhood to bad boyfriends and dead end jobs. She has even gone as far as to accuse the victim of being an abusive pedophile, effectively ruining his reputation from the beyond. She should be ashamed of herself. That's enough of her BS. Tell the truth. And, seriously, that's enough of the "I don't remember" crap. She's too smart for that. Court resumes Tuesday at 10 AM.
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