Jodi Arias trial: the accused talks about his sex life with Travis Alexander
Jodi Arias testifies that Travis Alexander forced her to have anal sex hours after baptizing her a Mormon so that he would still be a “virgin”
- Arias, 32, said sexual encounters left her feeling ‘like a prostitute’
- Boyfriend Travis Alexander sent Arias t-shirt and panties featuring his name for Valentine’s Day 2007
- Claims she killed Alexander in 2008 in self-defense after long-term abuse
- She faces the death penalty in Arizona if convicted
Jodi Arias said today her Mormon boyfriend Travis Alexander forced her to have anal sex after baptizing her in church saying vaginal sex was prohibited but “everything else” was authorized.
Arias returned to the stand on Wednesday to testify in his murder trial, wiping away tears as she said sex with Alexander, whom she is accused of killing in 2008, left her feeling “like a prostitute”.
Arias’ defense team are hoping the testimony will show that she killed Alexander in self-defense after abusing her for months and that he was a sexual deviant who lied about his vow of chastity.
She told the court that in an incident after her baptism in November 2006, Alexander pushed her face down on a bed, removed her underwear and forced her to have painful anal sex.
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Emotional: Jodi Arias was sobbing as she claimed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander had forced her to have anal sex
Wrestling: Arias held back tears as she recounted sex with Alexander on Wednesday
“I can’t say I wanted it, but I didn’t stop it,” she said. ‘It was painful.
‘Finally I did [tell him to stop]. I probably would have let him go on but it was too painful. I knew it was what he wanted. I trusted him. I just went with his agenda.
After the incident and other previous unwanted sexual encounters, she felt “a little stupid”, ‘depressed’ and ‘like a prostitute, in a way’.
To her shock, he also sent her pictures of his erect penis – which were shown in court in Phoenix – and begged her to send him explicit pictures of herself back, she said. .
Although in the flesh Alexander was not the person she had come to know over the phone, she said she was always reassured by his kind voicemail messages.
Deception: Alexander baptized Arias into the Mormon church in 2006 despite having sex
But even when they became an official couple in February 2007, Alexander didn’t treat her well and only acted like they were his boyfriend and girlfriend in public when they were out of town, a she declared.
After a brief afternoon break, she told the jury that she attended a legal convention with Alexander where he had never introduced her as his girlfriend.
He also humiliated her by approaching a drunken woman in a sexy black dress with a “very generous neckline”. Arias said Alexander seemed to “love every minute of it.”
She left “because she didn’t want a scene” and went to cry alone in a bathroom.
When asked by the defense if her boyfriend’s actions hurt her, she said yes. The lawyer asked her if she had told Alexander how she felt, to which the murder suspect added: “Finally”.
Arias revealed in court: “I was ashamed, I felt like maybe I would be seen as someone who deserved nothing better.”
In balance: Arias appeared at the stand for the third day on Wednesday where she watched the jury closely, shaking her hands
Jurors also learned that Alexander sent Arias a t-shirt with “Travis Alexander’s” written on it and pink pants emblazoned with “Travis” for Valentine’s Day 2007.
She said she was amused by the gifts, which were wrapped with chocolate and a pair of boy’s Spiderman briefs, as it was an “inside joke”.
The court was again shown the t-shirt and shorts that were entered into evidence.
Arias, 32, is accused of stabbing and slashing Travis Alexander 27 times, slitting his throat and shooting him in the head at his Mesa, Ariz. Home in June 2008.
She faces the death penalty if he’s convicted in a case that has gripped viewers with spooky stories of sex, lies, religion and violence.
Possessive: Jodi Arias told court on Wednesday that on Valentine’s Day 2007, Travis Alexander sent her this T-shirt and panties
Arias initially denied any involvement, then later blamed it on masked intruders before eventually settling on self-defense. She now claims that she lied from the start when she planned to kill herself.
She claims that Alexander invited her to his house for a day of sex, then became violent, forcing her to fight for her life. Prosecutors say she killed him out of jealousy in a planned attack.
Arias testified Monday about her abusive childhood at the hands of her parents and a high school boyfriend who once tried to strangle her.
On Tuesday, she told jurors other boyfriends – before they met Alexander – who cheated on her, lied to her, had drinking problems and didn’t treat her well.
Thoughtful: Arias, 32, told jurors about her abusive boyfriends as she took the stand on Tuesday
Tell her story: Jodi Arias speaks in Arizona court on day two and tells jury she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense
The defense claims that Alexander, a successful businessman and motivational speaker, was also violent, both physically and mentally.
Arias said she first met Alexander at a convention in Las Vegas in late 2006 after years of bad relationships, multiple jobs and struggling to pay her bills. She had fallen in love with him.
“The things he told me made a big impression on me,” Arias told jurors. She said that Alexander allowed her to “take a step back and make me watch where I was and where I was going”.
VIDEO: Arias testifies on the relationship – Attention: Graphic language
Get it all: Arias’ mother Sandy Arias listens to her daughter’s testimony during her Phoenix murder trial. Her daughter said her mother beat her when she was a child
Questions: Defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi hopes testimony will show she was abused by Alexander
He also told her about his Mormon faith, she said. Arias said she quickly ended her relationship with another man and after a week she saw Alexander again and things got sexual.
While spending the night at the house of one of Alexander’s friends, a day before he took her to church, she said the couple engaged in oral sex.
“I didn’t want to say no to her, so I continued,” she said. “At that point, I wasn’t really used to saying no.
Arias claims they dated for about five months and then went their separate ways but continued to see each other for sex. Alexander’s friends said she harassed him after the breakup and became possessive and jealous.
Authorities say they found his hair and a bloody palm print at the scene of the murder, along with time-stamped photographs on a memory card in a camera found inside Alexander’s washing machine that places Arias there. the day of his death.
Volatile relationship: Arias had dated Travis Alexander for five months but continued to have casual sex with him after separation
The photos included one of Arias naked on her bed, one of Alexander living in the shower, and then one of his body on the bathroom floor.
Defense attorneys have yet to explain why Arias apparently attempted to clean up the scene, washing Alexander’s bedding and camera, and what happened to the guns.
On Tuesday, when the defense asked her if she had killed Alexander, Arias softly replied “Yes”.
When asked by defense attorney Kirk Nurmi why she killed Alexander in her Mesa home in June 2008, Arias replied: “The simple answer is that he attacked me and I defended myself.