During hours of dramatic cross-examination by prosecutor Juan Martinez, Arias bawled as he asked her about stabbing, slashing and shooting Alexander on June 4, 2008. “You would acknowledge that Mr. Alexander was stabbed, and that the stabbing was with the knife, and it was after the shooting according to you, right?” Martinez said in rapid succession.
“Yes, I don’t remember,” Arias said, covering her face with her hands.
Alexander’s sisters, seated in the front row of the gallery, also looked away, crying. Arias, 32, is accused of killing Alexander on June 4, 2008 out of jealousy. He was stabbed 27 times, his throat was slashed and he was shot in the head twice. Arias claims she killed in self-defense after Alexander had become increasingly violent with her. She could face the death penalty if convicted. Martinez also forced Arias to demonstrate in court today how she claims Alexander lunged at her “like a linebacker,” causing her to fire the gun at him. The pair argued over how exactly Alexander was positioned, and Martinez pushed her to explain what she meant.
“He lunges at me like a linebacker,” Arias said.
“Like a linebacker, what does that mean?” Martinez asked.
The judge finally called for the lunch recess to take a break from the testimony. Arias’ attorney walked over and consoled her, telling her to “take a moment.” Until that moment, Arias had given vague answers to Martinez as he asked about the hours leading up to the murder. Arias, 32, has testified that she drove to Alexander’s house on June 4, 2008, for a sexual liaison, that she had sex with Alexander and the pair took nude photos before an explosive confrontation ended with her killing him. She claims she doesn’t remember stabbing Alexander, but insists it was in self-defense.
Martinez questioned her claims, asking exactly what they argued about and who encouraged whom to take the nude photos. He pointed out that Arias told Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa police department that she had to convince Alexander to take the nude photos in the shower, but that she testified on the stand that Alexander had wanted them.
The trial resumes on Monday, after taking Friday as well as the weekend for the defense to redirect. Closing arguments hopefully will began mid-week.