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Travis Alexander Never Loved Jodi Arias, Expert Testifies: Inside Their ‘Below The Waist’ Relationship

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Nov. 20 2014, Published 8:22 p.m. ET

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Did Jodi Arias kill Travis Alexander because she loved him too much? A defense expert in her death penalty retrial testified Thursday that Alexander's killing was “psychological vomit,” caused by her unrequited love for a man who only wanted her for sex. Now, has all the details of the latest from the courtroom.

“Love played a part in this killing,” Dr. Dr. L.C. Miccio Fonseca, a sexual relationship expert, said in court Thursday.

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Dr. Fonseca previously testified that Alexander only wanted a “below the waist” relationship, while Arias “wanted Mr. Alexander to love her outside the bedroom.”

Her defense lawyers are trying to show the jury mitigating factors — including Alexander’s control and manipulation of Arias — that might convince them not to impose the death penalty on her for his murder.

Thursday’s testimony focused on a long instant messager exchange between Alexander and Arias in the early morning hours of May 26, 2008 — just 10 days before she stabbed him, slit his throat and shot him to death.

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Alexander called Arias a “three hole wonder,” referring to her sexual talents. “You are good for something,” he said.

At the same time, he called her “sick and evil,” adding that “knowing you makes me want to kill myself in punishment.” One message compared Arias to Hitler, saying the German dictator “had more conscious sic.”

“I hate you,” Alexander said to Arias. “I do realize that I hate you so much, you have been more cause of pain than the death of my father.”

After he accused her of slashing his car tires, Arias defended herself. “I may be a coward, I may be a whore, liar, but the one thing I'm not is violent. I didn't slash your tires.”

“I really did love you,” Arias said. “But I let it get so distorted.”

“You tried to murder me from the inside out,” Alexander replied. “How could you?”

Dr. Fonseca testified that the online chat showed that Arias was under extreme emotional distress and that the relationship became even more tumultuous in the days leading up to the murder.



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