Jodi Arias murder trial brings graphic testimony, evidence

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PHOENIX -- For jurors in the Jodi Arias murder trial, Tuesday was a crash course in crime scene investigation and the grisly science of performing an autopsy.

Once again emotions were high in the crowded court room of Judge Sherry Stephens as week two of the high-profile trial began with Arias spending much of the day grabbing tissue after tissue to wipe away tears and the anguished family of victim Travis Alexander exiting the courtroom when extremely graphic and grisly autopsy photographs were shown to jurors.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez began the day where he left off last week, calling to the stand Mesa Police Crime Scene Technician Heather Conner.

Conner and Martinez then spent the morning showing jurors nearly two dozen photographs of the blood-soaked bedroom area of Alexander's Mesa home.

The afternoon session was even more raw and disturbing as Martinez called to the stand Dr. Kevin Horn.

Horn performed the 2008 autopsy on the body of Alexander.

Under the guidance of Martinez, the doctor then spent a couple of hours detailing the many injuries covering Alexander's body from the apparent "defensive wounds" on his hands to the gunshot through his head and a ghastly slice across his throat that stretched from ear to ear and went "all the way back to the spine.'