Arizona woman admits to killing lover in murder trial
Defendant Jodi Arias takes the stand claiming self defense
- Duration 5:36
- Date Feb 5, 2013
Defendant Jodi Arias takes the stand claiming self defense
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It's a pretty stunning testimony from the -- -- a woman accused of killing her boyfriend.
Jodi -- taking the witness stand on Monday in our own defense telling jurors her life story detailing a very difficult often bizarre.
Childhood and then flat out admitting I did it.
Did you -- Travis Alexander -- June 4 2000.
Here now Arthur right -- Fox News legal analyst former prosecutor.
And criminal defense attorney Jeff gold gentlemen good to see Jeff let me start -- because.
-- understanding -- -- actually inside the courtroom for some of the defense.
Over several days so what's your take on this.
Well yes I was there all last week and you know there was some testimony that was good for the defense her.
Former live -- lover -- brewer gave very heartwarming testimonials.
That -- to humanize -- was the only time I saw the jury actually looking at -- as if maybe she was a human being but boy I'll tell you her testimony yesterday did her no good not only was -- a robotics you seem like a psychopath to -- somebody who could coldly.
Say yes I killed him that as if she was a robot I don't think yesterday help their I don't know if today will be any better.
You know Arthur -- admittedly lied so many times to police on means that.
Prosecutors are just gonna have a field day with that on -- -- right.
Yeah I -- look and the rule of thumb is if you -- -- put your defendant on the stand.
-- really desperation move.
You never as as a criminal defense attorney the last thing you wanna do is having a defendant testified -- it opens up -- a can of worms for everything else.
And here at the can of worms it is tremendous how avatar.
What are you gonna do the evidence is overwhelming that she did she -- to admit that she doesn't.
You're hoping Gregg you're hoping for -- jurors just to who -- -- stick together in the in the deliberation room and say we're not ready to kill this woman.
We don't know (%expletive) that you've -- up bringing us sympathy overwhelms the sense of justice and we're gonna find a not guilty it's a hung jury and then she lives to -- and I.
So Jeff for her defense is self defense that -- -- -- He chronically abused her.
On and that if the very end she decided that the only wish you could -- own life was to kill him a pure self defense but luck.
Mean that's that's a pretty tough go in a case like this isn't it.
Well it's actually her third defense you know she created her first offense when she said I don't know anything about this.
Then she created her second offense which he said two intruders did.
Now in the opening statement of the defense surprisingly her defense attorney gets up and gives his third defense which is she did it but -- self defense.
And the reason they're doing these because when you look at the fact that the only thing they can say perhaps.
Either to have a defense indicates or to save her life it's created and she went up there with a deadpan trying to fill in the blanks like it was really -- and that's good that things that.
I'm sergeant -- if -- you're right.
If you're right and that's how she came across as like stone -- had a robotic than that yeah guy no shot she needs to crawl into the hearts.
I wanted to of those insurers and -- for this.
Let me ask you about this -- funny I can just -- the closing argument from the defense attorney.
And using the physical evidence that she absolutely mutilated.
The body of the victims stabbing him 27 times I can't even tell you the rest of this stuff.
She also put a gun to his head and pull the trigger but.
Woman would do this would mutilate the body after the individual authority -- Well how right you are except for one thing look at the kinds of things they're saying that that that set her -- -- you know.
The Travis was such a bad guy you know he -- touched his old girlfriends but.
He once got an erection when they were kissing and he's you know supposed to be a verge -- open and her mom.
-- traumatized her when she was a kid.
-- -- With eight a wooden spoon I mean my friend who went to parochial school I'm more punishment for they're not endure and what she's saying caused him but I think kill -- -- Going to go in on guns like bye bye Greg good or Greg your your your analysis of what the argument would be by the defense is right on.
He should really be a lawyer Greg you should think about that while it'll have a but that's what they're gonna say if she wasn't such an abused person if she didn't have this.
These psychological -- -- 27 times.
What happened -- -- 27 times so genuine fear.
Based on our history of abuse.
You know I -- can look all over at some of famous cases OJ Simpson didn't take the witness stand -- -- Casey Anthony did not testify she was acquitted here but.
Is -- your consensus gentlemen that this is just not a hail Mary -- Some -- it -- to avoid the death penalty out.
It's about the death penalty Greg that's what this case was about when they decided at opening to start talking about a self defense she -- -- but after there were two other statements that said two different defenses.
That was saying.
We are worried about the death penalty and that's all we -- we were concerned about and I think that's what this offense has hi all I think.
I agree whole log that's what I said you never wanna put it depended on but if you do you need you need to sympathy factor you don't get it in the hail Mary pass was dropped I -- -- the projects now.
Ha are you telling the truth now or are you lying now we are you trying to -- -- -- -- I'll be a lawyer -- I'd love to prosecute this case with that cross examination coming up tomorrow night Arthur ideology of school -- to see you counselor.