How did Jodi Arias testimony impact case?
Was it a good idea to take the stand?
- Duration 4:44
- Date Feb 5, 2013
Was it a good idea to take the stand?
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Gripping testimony in a sensational murder trial -- area is about to take the stand for a second day -- her own defense.
She's charged with murdering her boyfriend by shooting in the face slitting its throat and stabbing him 27 times.
Yesterday areas told the jury about an abusive childhood at the hands of her parents.
Have a different tonight when I decided like the last thing I was very -- seek out of the house to hang out and my parents have been found out -- back.
My -- friend and he and I was I had honestly people -- -- six utilities.
He's had a clinic had been sleeping so I didn't give you satisfactory answers -- Hit me across the face and collecting -- he's Rebecca and nasty again and I didn't get in the satisfactory answers if you press the case again.
And I -- you say.
-- No there was -- beginning.
-- You're causes you believe.
It's not that -- Did you lose.
Her mother sitting there in the front row as she made that testimony let's talk about it once again -- our legal panel least we'll Fox News legal analyst.
Doug burns is a former federal prosecutor.
I have to quote the AP on -- on the way this trial began.
And a write a soft spoken and called -- areas laid out the story of her life and painstaking detail.
Beginning with the day she killed her -- yes what a story.
Why put her on the stand please.
Well they almost have to they've got to try to get one juror on -- to keep the death penalty off the off the table that's really what they're her lawyers are trying to do put her on there to try to -- to humanize her a little bit.
I think it's a real stretch John I think this is about the weakest of one of the weakest self defense cases I have ever heard about it went ending lasts for about -- self defense case.
Slits the other person's -- 27 time and by the way then shoots him in the in the forehead it's not self defense I don't think -- -- is gonna piping that they really had no other choice but to put her on.
-- Any traveler will tell you however that you never know how this is hitting the jury I mean they are humanizing her to use -- terms on demonizing her.
My term -- and theoretically the jury has to reach a unanimous verdict -- just don't know.
Having said that when you look at the case objectively would seem to me that it's more heat of passion tepid defense.
Instead of self defense and -- was the law school -- reasonably coming your spouses and met with someone else you step on 27 times I'm -- and scratching my head as to whether to go down that.
They didn't go down that road that didn't go down -- other weather going self defense the whole way.
And it's just there's no way they can make -- to have claimed that this is before by the way cross examination started on because when cross examination -- you know what they're -- -- -- to have her on the stand.
I would very methodically go through story number one.
Story number one.
Wasn't there have no idea what happened story number two it was two other people that did it.
Now my burglars you weren't exactly now finally she sang was -- -- also still soft and -- Falling -- little thing when I was child abuse and this is never come out before don't.
But she actually came up with the justification for having -- -- seriously which is not she said.
That she was going to commit suicide and so she panicked and told those -- look I admit it's a little bit strained should it come up with that well.
The lawyers did she she said to a television show when they interviewed her they should she said no jury would ever -- -- can.
Right so it was a little cocky exactly well and she's probably looking at the stats out there which it -- it does show the jurors are very.
You know reluctant to convict -- I mean it that it's just absolutely true there three women on Arizona death -- she could be the fourth if she gets the death penalty.
He is testifying but you know in our own defense is that enough -- -- absolutely not and I you know whether you're for or against the death penalty we do have a death penalty in this country.
And if we're going to impose the death penalty if not this case.
When could it -- Doug I mean could the jury look at her and and just.
Really not like the person on the stand.
Absolutely and the specific reason like -- backfire is that.
In most cases somebody takes -- stand and that's the first time you're seeing them.
Here in this case they're gonna show a video of a prior media interview.
Where she calmly -- or thirteenth and that is what's the biggest -- she looks robotic honor don't you think I mean you should just.
But the jurors visitors say first look casually calmly -- lied to the anchor right like a John and actually may be doing it again looks a little rehearsed -- yes that's my take up for the lawyers for at least we don't Doug burns who have you been on this case thank you know.