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Jodi Arias' trial took a dramatic and emotional turn yesterday as jurors were shown graphic images of Travis Alexander's dead body, the crime scene, and heard evidence suggesting Alexander was abusive towards Arias. Alexander's sister has told reporters she hopes that Arias will receive the death penalty for her crime.
Jurors saw photos of a bloodied, battered man slumped over in his own blood yesterday, as prosecutors made the case that the wounds could not have been made in self defense, which Arias' lawyers are arguing. Alexander was shot in the face before being stabbed 27 times and having his throat slit "from ear to ear," Nancy Grace explained.
Defense attorneys brought forth evidence of a heated exchange between the couple, focusing on emails in which Alexander called Arias a "s---" and "w----." Lawyer Jennifer Willmott also produced a t-shirt with the words "Travis Alexander's" across the front, which she claimed was the "perfect example of how Travis treated her."
"I think I was little more than a d---- with a heartbeat to you," Alexander wrote in the same email the defense produced. The prosecution then showed that Arias' bloody handprint was found at the scene of the crime and explained how Arias changed her story.
She has given three accounts of what happened the night Alexander was killed, which makes many believe she is guilty of the brutal murder. Alexander's friends have expressed their belief in her guilt, and now his sister has spoken to HLNTV about the case.
"I know this might sound creepy, but I hope I get to watch her die someday after she's on death row. Even if it's in 20 years from now, the death penalty is what she deserves, though she most likely won't get it and instead will get some life sentence," Tanisha Sorenson said.
"I mean, she really thought she wasn't going to get caught and messed up too many times. She thinks she can be that cunning and charming, that she'll be able to have a jury believe her after all this, that she can play the self-defense card after her previous stories didn't work out for me," Sorenson added.
"After his death, I decided to become a better person and become active in our church and am thankful for the Gospel in which brings some peace to my heart and mind knowing that I will see my brother, my parents, and eternal family again someday," she concluded.
The trial will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 8.