Sexually explicit evidence presented in Jodi Arias retrialPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Testimony in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial Tuesday was graphic, as prosecutors dove deep into the private lives of Arias, and the victim, Travis Alexander.
The body of 30-year-old Alexander was found on June 9, 2008, in the shower of his Mesa apartment. In 2013, a jury found Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the killing, but was deadlocked during the sentencing phase, prompting the penalty retrial.
On Tuesday, the prosecution finished its summary of the facts of the murder. Jurors were presented with graphic evidence that included nude photos, sexually explicit texts and racy phone conversations.
"The highlight of today was the sex tape between Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias," says courtroom blogger Jen Wood. "It's very X-rated."
That tape was nearly an hour long. In it, Alexander talks to raping Arias and tying her to a tree.
"The jury did a really good job of sitting there, pretty stone-faced,either looking down or looking straight ahead while they had to listen to a very salacious conversation," says Wood.
Arias' defense attorney likely played the tape in hopes of countering the prosecution's claim that Alexander was afraid of Arias.
"I think his goal was to show that Travis was very sexual, that he was very into it," says Wood.
"It was a lot of, just, graphic," says Scottsdale resident Bonnie Martin, who was in court Tuesday.
" I don't think Travis knew he was being recorded," says Tucson resident Tara Bourne, who was also in court. "I think that was a trap. I think Jodi did it on purpose."
The courtroom is dark Wednesday. But when trial resumes Thursday, the defense attorneys will begin to present evidence they hope will persuade the jury to bring back a sentence of life in prison, instead of death, for Arias, 34.