- Photo: Jodi Arias
Jodi Arias' trial resumes today just a few days after jurors were shown gruesome crime scene photos. Arias, accused of murdering her boyfriend Travis Alexander, has claimed self-defense, which newswoman Nancy Grace called "really disturbing."
"They are attacking the victim and they are defaming him. I am incensed at the way they're portraying Travis. These crime scene photos make me nauseous and I have seen all sorts of crime in my time," Grace told Radar Online. "They are some of the worst I have ever seen, and I can see from the photos that this was not self defense. This murder cannot be justified as self defense."
Grace has maintained from the very beginning that Arias' story is suspicious, as she has changed it at least three times. In one instance, she told police she was home when intruders murdered Alexander, but she did not see their faces. The second time, she said she wasn't home at the time of the murder, but now Arias is claiming self-defense.
Alexander "lunged at Jodi in anger. Her life was in danger. He knocked her to the ground in the bathroom where there was a struggle. If she did not have to defend herself, she would not be here," Defense Attorney Jennifer Willmott told the court during opening remarks.
Prosecutors, however, are seeking to destroy that defense and would like Arias to be found guilty of capital murder, which would make her eligible for the death penalty. Friends have also spoken out about Alexander's death since they were the ones who discovered his body after not hearing from him for a few days.
"A friend of ours is dead in his bedroom; we hadn't heard from him for a while. We think he's dead. There's lot of blood. His roommate went in and there's blood in his bedroom, behind the door and all over, then they went in the bathroom and it's all in the shower," Marie Hall said in a 911 phone call.
The trial resumes today in Arizona.