Jodi Arias Trial: Prosecutors Rests in Case, Shows Nude Photos of Couple Before Murder Occurred
Jan 18, 2013 02:33 PM EST
The prosecutors in Jodi Arias' trial, the woman accused of killing her on-and-off again boyfriend in 2008, have rested their case after revealing evidence supporting their case that Arias is guilty of the murder.
Arias, 32, is facing the death penalty for brutally stabbing and shooting Alexander in his Mesa, Arizona home on June 4, 2008. She would become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if she's convicted in the high-profile case
Prosecutors allege Arias shot Travis Alexander in the head, stabbed him 27 times and slit his throat, then left him in a shower inside his suburban Phoenix home. They argue the actions were those of a jealous woman who brutally attacked Alexander after he tried to end their relationship.
The court was shown nude photos of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander that were taken the night of the murder.
The prosecution's last witness Thursday was a female friend of Arias who had dinner with her 24 hours after Alexander was killed on June 4, 2008, at his Mesa home.
"She was acting like Jodi, the same Jodi I always talk to," Leslie Udy testified, adding she had been friends with Arias for about two years at that time.
"We actually sat in the parking lot for awhile, probably close to an hour. She was acting like Jodi, the same Jodi I'd always talked to and knew," Udy said. "We talked a little bit about photography, and we talked about Travis. She said that they weren't together anymore which I kind of already knew, but that they would always be friends."
Arias never mentioned going to Arizona the day before or having a confrontation with Alexander in which she ended up killing him. In fact, Udy said, Arias seemed perfectly normal.
The defense will begin presenting evidence on Jan. 29 to support its claim that Arias killed Alexander in self-defense. After the prosecution rested its case on Friday, the defense petitioned for the case to be dismissed, a common tactic for defense attorneys at the middle point of the trial.