The murder trial of Jodi Arias, who is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander five years ago, has uncovered a photo for the prosecution that may have caught a glimpse of the murder as it was happening.
The photo was allegedly taken accidentally when a camera was dropped on the floor as Arias supposedly pulled a bleeding Alexander through his Mesa, Ariz. home. Though unclear, it shows in the foreground the leg of the alleged murderer and blood trickling down the neck of Alexander, who is lying on the ground. The prosecution is arguing that Arias lashed out at her ex-boyfriend after he expressed interest in dating someone else.
Alexander, who was a Mormon motivational speaker, was stabbed 27 times, shot in the face, and had his throat slit from ear to ear. He was found in the shower of his apartment by a friend five days after the murder on June 4, 2008.
Arias has admitted to killing Alexander in self-defense, but has been caught in a few lies so far, such as how she injured her fingers on the day Alexander was murdered, claiming she had broken a glass and cut her finger while working at a Margaritaville restaurant in Yreka, Calif.
A former detective from that area testified Thursday that there is no Margaritaville restaurant in that area. Also, on Wednesday, Arias’ former love interest Ryan Burns testified that Arias had driven to see him at his home in West Jordan, Utah and arrived a day after they had planned — which was also the day after Alexander’s death. Burns said she had shown up with bandages on her hands and had explained she had gotten lost and spent the night in her car.
Arias may face death row in Arizona if it is found she shot Alexander after he was already dead, which would qualify the crime as ‘heinous and depraved.’