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Arizona woman does not remember stabbing her boyfriend

By Catherine Silver,

Jodi Arias, an Arizona woman accused of killing her boyfriend, testified Wednesday that she cannot recall stabbing him, slitting his throat, or shooting him during a fight at his Arizona home five years ago.

Arias, 32, has captured the attention of America by testifying her recollection of events on the witness stand for nearly 8 days. If she is charged for the murder of Travis Alexander, her boyfriend who was found dead in the shower, she could face the death penalty.

Reuters reports that in June of 2008, Arias was taking explicit photographs of her boyfriend’s newly toned body in the shower when he suddenly became enraged and body slammed her in the bathroom after she dropped the camera.

When Alexander pursued her, she ran to the closet to retrieve his gun and it fired while they fought. Aria states according to Reuters, “I thought that would stop him ... He got like a linebacker, he got low and grabbed my waist ... the gun went off. After the gun went off, I thought, 'Crap, he's really going to be pissed now.”

The Washington Post reports that defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi asked, “Do you remember stabbing Travis Alexander?” to which Aria responded, “I have no memory of stabbing him. I remember dropping the knife and it clinked on the tile...And I just remember screaming. I don’t remember anything after that.”

Prosecutors state that Arias killed her lover in a jealous rage. They maintain that she planned to kill him by stabbing him 27 times, slitting his throat, and shooting him in the forehead. She then dragged his body to the shower, where it lay for five days before friends discovered him.

After Alexander was killed, Arias told the jury that she left the Arizona home and planned her alibi by leaving him a voice mail message, throwing away the gun in a desert, and going to Utah to visit a friend.

The Washington Post reports that Arias told jurors, “I just wanted to seem like normal, like things were ok. Like I didn’t just do what I just did.”

 

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