Back in June 4th, 2008, Travis Alexander was brutally murdered by his ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias in their Mesa, Arizona home. Travis was stabbed multiple times, his throat was slit and he was shot in the face, to which Ms. Arias claims was “in self defense.”
Maybe it’s just me, but that sounds a tad excessive for self defense.
His body was discovered five days later in the shower by his friends after he had missed a conference at work. According to the medical examiner, Travis suffered 27 to 29 (again, seems excessive for self defense) stab wounds, his jugular vein, common carotid artery and trachea were slashed open. It was also reported that some of the stab wounds located on his hands were defensive wounds and that he may have been dead at the time of the gunshot wound. This was enough evidence to rule this as homicide.
Jodi had been stalking Travis, even hacking his Facebook account and slashing his car tires and she was living at grandparents at the time and on May 28, 2008, there had been a report of a burglary, which among the items stolen was a .25 caliber handgun which was never recovered. It just so happens that was the type of casing found near Travis’ body.
Perhaps the most shocking evidence discovered by police in his home were recovered deleted photos on a newly purchased digital camera, that not only portrayed the two in sexual acts (roughly around 1:40 p.m.) and a photo of Travis in the shower at 5:29 p.m, but the following photos moments later showed Travis bleeding profusely on the bathroom floor. Sure, need to document that self defense, right? Jodi was arrested on July 15th, 2008 and extradited to Arizona where she pleaded not guilty on the following September 11th. Later, her story about the incident had changed, telling the police she hadn’t seem him since April and then that intruders broke into their home, murdering him and attacking her. It wasn’t until two years later she admitted to it, but in self defense.
Ever since, the trial has been somewhat of a mess, but she was finally tried and convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013. With the end of the trial finally in sight, the jury will decide whether she will spend life in prison, with the possibility of release after 25 years if the jury can’t reach a unanimous vote or death by lethal injection.
Hopefully this mess gets cleared up soon and this real life horror can end.