Jodi Arias trial wraps up second week


by Mike Watkiss

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 11:04 AM

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PHOENIX -- Week two of Jodi Arias' high-profile murder trial is now in the history books and what a disturbing couple of weeks it has been.

Jurors have been bombarded with a relentless display of grisly autopsy and crime scene photos.

They have heard lurid tales about sex, suspicion and slaughter.

And they have watched as a petite, dark haired, 32-year-old woman sits at a defense table -- at time crying, at times jotting notes or whispering in her lawyer's ear.

But for much of the last two weeks, Arias has sat almost motionless, staring and seemingly detached as a very grim drama plays out around her.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez started Thursday off by calling a Northern California cop named Nathan Mandes to the stand.

Mandes told jurors how he was contacted by Mesa police in the summer of 2008 and asked to track down Arias at her grandparents' Northern California home after Arias had been identified as a
suspect in the murder of her lover, Travis Alexander.

Mandes told jurors about serving a search warrant at the home and finding bank-card receipts chronicling Arias' trip to Arizona, a journey that led to the brutal killing of Alexander.

 judge has denied a mistrial motion in the trial of an Arizona woman accused in the shooting and stabbing death of her boyfriend.
Arias' defense lawyers asked for the mistrial Thursday after accusing a prosecution witness of perjury.
The motion was denied and the trial is scheduled to resume Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.