Crime author offers insights into Arias trial

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by Natalie Brand

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Posted on May 3, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 11:38 AM

PHOENIX -- With the keen eye of a crime author, Camille Kimball has detailed the courtroom crescendo of closing arguments through hundreds of tweets and observations about the key players and moments of the monthslong trial of Jodi Arias.

What’s made the most striking impact, according to Kimball, are the gruesome pictures of Travis Alexander’s throat.

“It is such a dramatic wound,” she said. “There’s no way that that happened without thought and focus.”

Kimball describes the jury’s reaction as professional.

“When those nasty, nasty photos get on the screen, they do tend to look down at their laps,” she said. “You can tell that don’t like these photos.”

Even more telling than the jurors' body language, according to Kimball, is the questions they've asked.

“I think the jury questions to the witnesses have been not sounding very good for the defense,” she told 3TV.

Kimball has noticed Jodi Arias often interacts with her defense team, and she believes Arias might even be drawing during trial.

“She lets the jury know with these obvious motions of her hand that she’s not taking notes all the time, she’s drawing something with these large strokes of her hand. I don’t know if that’s a good message to give to the jury,” Kimball said.

Kimball who has researched and written books on a number of high profile cases, including that of Marjorie Orbin, the Phoenix woman convicted of killing her husband back in 2004, sees similarities to this case.

When asked whether she will write about Arias, she didn't offer a direct answer, but didn't rule it out, either.

“I’m always writing something," she said. "I’m interested in this case; there’s lots of interest in this case.”
 

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