UPDATE: The conflicting nature of Jodi and Travis’ relationship was further revealed on Monday as the murder defendant explained how she sent a dozen irises to his grandmother and wrote an 18-page letter to his family after his death, because it made her “feel better.”
She went on to flip-flop between calling him the “best friend in the whole world” and then alleging that Alexander slapped her and broke her finger, and later told her ex-boyfriend, Matt McCartney, that the Mormon “choked her unconscious,” according to Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer.
In television footage filmed after she was arrested that was played in the courtroom, Arias explained that she smiled so cheerily in her mugshot photo because she thought, “What would Travis do in this situation? … He would just flash a grin.” In the same clip she claimed she was innocent and would never hurt Alexander.
“I think I believed I was innocent of first degree murder and I planned to kill myself,” she said, adding: “It is the truth. I’m innocent of that charge,” while looking directly at the jury for impact. Court is adjourned until Tuesday.
“What you are testifying to isn’t necessarily what you know?” he went on to ask her, while he hammered her about her memory skills in video footage captured by KPNX Channel 12 in Phoenix, Arizona, which you can watch right here on RadarOnline.com.
The back-and-forth sniping went on to focus on Arias’ claims that she tried to kill herself while in the county jail – first with Advil and then a razor – but she couldn’t go through with her suicide bid because it “stung” when she nicked herself.
Arias became tearful again when asked if she knew at that time that she had killed Alexander.
“I wasn’t ‘there’ in my head,” she replied through her tears. But, Martinez tore into her once again, charging that she was ‘there’ enough to call Ryan and her ex-boyfriend Matt McCartney, and to leave a voicemail on Travis’s cell phone in an attempt to cover up her grisly attack.
“Are you ashamed that you killed him?” asked Martinez, according to Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer from inside the courtroom.
“Most definitely,” she replied.
However, that shame didn’t stop her from passionately making out with Burns on their overnight date where she testified that they cuddled in his bed — explaining she did so as she didn’t know how to act in the aftermath of shooting her ex-boyfriend, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat; “Because I never killed anyone before.”