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Arias weeps as testimony turns to killing of Mormon lover


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Arias says Alexander had grown physically abusive prior to the attack yet no witnesses have testified and jurors have seen no evidence indicating he had ever been violent in the past, no mention of abuse in numerous text messages, emails and recorded phone calls between Arias and the victim.

"Nowhere in those text messages does he ever threaten you physically, does he?" Martinez asked.

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Arias paused briefly, apparently thinking out loud: "Hmmm, no."

Martinez also noted how Arias maintained for several years after the killing that Alexander didn’t even own a gun, accusing her of only making up that story to help her get off.

"Yes, years it took me to admit it," Arias acknowledged.

Authorities, however, don’t believe he had a weapon.

Arias’ grandparents had reported a .25 caliber handgun stolen from their Yreka home in Northern California about a week before Alexander’s death — the same caliber used to shoot him — yet she said she didn’t even know her grandfather had the weapon.

"You brought the gun from Yreka, didn’t you?" Martinez said sharply.

"No," Arias replied.

The two traded barbs as Martinez tried to get Arias to recall more details from the moments after she said she shot him.


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"I don’t remember anything after that point," Arias said.

"No, you don’t remember a single solitary thing after that right?" Martinez said almost sarcastically.

She replied that she only recalled "pieces."

Martinez then hit her with repeated questions about what she did when she left Alexander’s home, noting if she was in a "fog," as she said, how could she have had the foresight to begin covering her tracks.

"Why would you even think of taking the gun unless you really knew what was going on?" he asked.

"I can only speculate because I don’t remember," Arias said.

Martinez later displayed a photograph of Alexander’s body, his back covered in stab wounds.

"If he’s being stabbed in the back, would you acknowledge at that point that he’s no threat to you?" Martinez asked.

"I don’t know," Arias replied crying.

"How could he possibly be a threat to you?" the prosecutor continued.

"I can only guess. I don’t know what you’re asking me," Arias responded.

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