PHOENIX, Arizona -- The sexual undertone of the Jodi Arias penalty retrial surfaced early on day one, when Arias' defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi, warned jurors during opening arguments that they would see "sexually graphic" evidence during the trial. Arias," Nurmi said. Some of them are nude photographs that were taken the very afternoon of his death Some are close up shots of Ms. Arias' genitalia. Some are close up shots of her anus. Nurmi said the photos should serve as "objective indicators" of what Arias and Alexander's relationship was about. It was an apparent attempt to convince the jury -- as the defense attorney had attempted to do during last year's trial -- that Arias was an emotionally and physically battered woman, forced to succumb to her boyfriend's every whim. The body of year-old Travis Alexander, the man Arias dated for months, was found on June 9, , in a pool of blood in the shower of his Mesa apartment by friends.
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Arias , who will not be in the courtroom during her appellate hearing, is serving a life sentence for her first-degree murder conviction in the death of Travis Alexander at his home in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. Prosecutors have said Arias violently attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman. Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed she acted in self-defense after he attacked her. He was stabbed nearly 30 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the head. A second sentencing trial ended in early with another jury deadlock, leading a judge to sentence Arias to prison for life. The case turned into a media circus as salacious and violent details about Arias and Alexander were broadcast live around the world. Arias had actively courted the spotlight since her arrest.
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Everyone's favorite psuedo-hottie murderous sociopath was front and center in tonight's Family Guy season 14 premiere, titled, Pilling Them Softly. Mind you, in fairness, the Archie Bunker of the cartoon world also whiled away his time embarking on The Cinnamon Challenge—the majorly stupid and downright dangerous craze of onwards—so, go figure. As Popdust previously reported , the self-styled sex-pot narrowly managed to escape the death penalty earlier this year , thanks to a truly dumb jury member who believed Arias' murder victim, Travis Alexander, deserved all that he got, after watching a Lifetime movie about the former waitress. The woman's biased viewpoint ultimately led to a hung jury during the second attempted penalty phase trial, and subsequently resulted in the death penalty being removed from the table, and Arias being sentenced to natural life in jail by Judge Sherry Stephens. For those who are blissfully unaware of the horror that is Jodi Arias—the thenyear-old brutally murdered Alexander, her booty call Mormon motivational speaker salesman ex-boyfriend, in —after years of denials, she eventually copped to killing him , two years later, but argued that she slit his throat from ear to ear, stabbed him 29 times and shot him in the head, in self defense, after he subjected her to rough sex. Miley Gets Nekkid! Martin , and a decidedly un-amused Cleveland. I'd often fantasize about the stability Judge Judy might be able to instill in my disjointed life. On a wider scale, the docuseries is an exploration of the complex layers of child abuse and its aftermath. Just when the public had finally managed to start putting Jodi Arias out of their collective memory, up she pops in the hugely popular Fox network comedy —like a jail-dwelling, Mormon-killing, bad apple.
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