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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Tuesday, the testimony of convicted murderess Jodi Arias was released to the public, after a legal battle over the media’s right to review it. The transcripts of Arias’ testimony revealed more lurid details in an already salacious trial.

Prosecutors maintain that Arias killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in a jealous fit of rage after he dumped her and planned a Mexican vacation with another woman. However, Arias claims that she attacked Alexander in self-defense after a dispute over his camera left him violently angry. Forensic evidence showed that Alexander was stabbed 27 times and shot in the head.

In the recently released testimony, Arias explains to the jury that she was raised by physically abusive parents and suffered through a string of failed romances in early adulthood. She revealed the intimate details of her first sexual encounters with Alexander and said the pair originally bonded over religion. Alexander was known as a devout Mormon, but that reputation was called into question when his sexual escapades were exposed to the world and child pornography was found on his computer.

The transcripts also expose Arias’ admission of guilt and her regret over the pain she caused her victim’s family. “I wish so badly that I could just take that away from them, and that I could reverse what I did,” she said.

At this time, it is unknown whether Arias will take the stand again in the future. If she does, her testimony will be available to the public in real time, as an Arizona court has ruled that it cannot be kept private. The taxpayers are funding Arias’ defense and ongoing trial, so this decision by the court was prudent.

Arias’ sentencing retrial resumed on Wednesday. We will continue to keep you updated on this developing court case.

H/T: SF Gate

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