The defense case based on Jodi’s testimony
Jodi Arias met Travis Alexander in September 2006 at a Prepaid Legal Services conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. By February 2007, they were a couple, but in the summer of 2007, they broke up. However, the break was not clean, and they had an ongoing sexual relationship. In April 2008, Jodi moved back from Mesa, Arizona to her grandparents’ house in Yreka, California. In early June 2008 Jodi travelled to see friends in Southern California, and very early in the morning on June 4, 2008 she arrived at Travis’ house in Mesa.
Travis had stayed up, and after bringing in Jodi’s luggage, they went to bed. Later that day, Jodi was taking pictures of Travis in the shower when the camera slipped from her grasp. Travis who had already shown anger earlier due to a computer virus on his laptop, was enraged, and slammed Jodi on the floor. Jodi was sufficiently scared that after running away from Travis, she picked up a gun, pointed it at him to keep him away, but when he didn’t stop, she squeezed the trigger without meaning to.
After Travis was shot, he would not calm down, and later, after a desperate fight, Jodi killed Travis with a knife. Jodi was so ashamed by what she had done, or frightened by the situation, that she felt unable to call the police, and instead denied that she had visited Travis. When the police confronted her with proof that she had been there, Jodi continued to refuse to admit she killed Travis, instead making an implausible claim that intruders were responsible.
Finally at trial Jodi did admit the truth, that she killed Travis after he attacked her, but the jury did not believe Travis attacked her. She was convicted of first degree murder in May 2013, and in April 2015, she was sentenced to life in prison, after a second jury could not agree on the death penalty.