Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Arias weeps as testimony turns to killing of Mormon lover

< Previous Page

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.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

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.

story continues below
story continues below

"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.

Next Page >

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.