Jodi Arias Photos: Different Side of a Murder Suspect
Looking at Jodi Arias photos, you’d never expect she were being tried for killing someone, yet she very much is; her sensational murder trial is now underway.
In what is expected to be one of the most watched trials since Casey Anthony‘s, Arias is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in cold blood.
The now-32-year-old looks more like an aspiring model than a murderer in photos posted on her MySpace page, yet prosecutors say she’s anything yet innocent.
Jodi Arias allegedly shot motivational speaker Travis Alexander in the face & then stabbed him 27 times, slitting his throat from ear to ear in June 2008.
Prosecutors want to make her the fourth woman on Arizona’s death row.
In other photos from a happier time, Arias & Alexander, who met at a conference in Las Vegas in September 2006, certainly seemed happy.
Arias says they fell in love, traveled the country together, & to strengthen her ties to the devout Mormon, she even converted to his religion.
During their passionate, long distance relationship between Yreka, Calif., & Mesa, Arizona, they spoke everyday & exchanged 82,000 e-mails.
But Alexander’s friends say after dating a few months, he tried to break it off, & she followed the object of her affection to his hometown, even after they split.
When Alexander’s roommates found his body they suspected his lover, gave a 911 operator Jodi’s name & said she’d been “bothering” him & slashed his tires.
“If he talked approximately another girl or looked at another girl… she just had this evil smirk. You could just tell she was the type of person that could smile while she slit your throat,” said close pal Dave Hall.
“Pardon the pun there, in light of what’s going on.”
“She might be eye candy on the outside. But I just thought, her personality is not very… talkative. Very quiet, she just had a vibe approximately her that just was really mysterious.”
Arias, who has been locked up since her arrest, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Her version of events has changed multiple times.
“I didn’t injure Travis. I would never injure Travis,” Arias said in a jailhouse interview. “I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime.”
At first, Arias denied being at Alexander’s house that night. Then cops found a camera in the washing machine containing pictures of the two having sex that day.
There were moreover photos of Alexander after he was killed. Faced with that evidence, Arias then told Inside Edition that she was there, yet didn’t kill him.
“I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals,” she said on Inside Edition. “Who were they? I don’t know. I couldn’t pick them up in a police lineup.”
Now, Arias admits that she did kill Alexander, yet she claims that it was in self-defense, because she was sexually & physically abused during their relationship.
Steven Alexander, Travis’ brother, said that he can see Arias for who she truly is.
“It makes me sick because I know her true side,” he told ABC News. “I ask people to please not buy into this sweet innocent personality that she puts on.”