Back when I was posting about this case, I noted one of the things that bothered me most: how does Jodi Arias, all by herself, get the better of Travis Alexander in a knife fight?
This seems all the more problematic when you look at what the prosecutor argued, according to Nancy Grace’s HLN:
GRACE: OK. Let`s go over the evidence. Beth Karas, what is the state`s theory as to how she could murder him? She`s a couple — a few inches shorter than him. She weighs less than him. What`s their theory?
KARAS: Their theory is that as she was taking photos with his consent, while he was showering, she got him to sit in the shower to take one last photo. And two minutes after that photo was taken, there he is, on his back with his neck slashed. And that`s an accidental photo that her camera took.
So the theory is she got him in a vulnerable position, started to stab him. He grabbed at the knife because he has defensive wounds of cuts on his hands. And then he stumbled around, hung his head over the sink, bleeding into the sink, spitting. That`s the spatter. He probably stumbled, and she`s stabbing him in the back nine, ten times.
As he`s stumbling down the hall, he falls at the entrance to his bedroom. She slashes his throat, three-and-a-half inches deep, severs the airway, turns his body around and starts to drag him back and stuffs him in the shower — shoots him in the head, though, before putting him in the shower.
If she doesn’t kill or incapacitate him immediately with the knife there will be a ferocious response, right? I mean, she would certainly lose that.
Then there are these “accidental” photos. One of the ceiling and this other very interesting one, below. How does the camera take photos “accidentally”? Wouldn’t someone have to be handling it, or at least touching it in some manner? If there was no one else there, how can that be?
But let’s say the camera might go off and snap a picture if it’s bumped in the struggle. That’s a stretch, I think, but let’s run with that. How is the photo below taken? How does the camera get in that position? Were there any other photos “accidentally” taken besides the one of the ceiling and this one?
And, what does this photo show? I mean, really?
It’s taken at 5:32:16 and the killing is in progress, obviously. But what, exactly, are we looking at? What did the prosecution argue? What did the defense argue?
From my perspective: a) I cannot tell what part of the victim’s body is in the photo; b) I see what appears to be a leg and foot clad in a black leotard or stocking, upper part about the middle of the photo at the top, and extending diagonally downward towards the right with the foot apparently on or near the tile floor; c) I have absolutely no idea what I am looking at in the left part of the photo or what the blue stripe at the far left of the photo is.
I would appreciate any input from someone with more knowledge about the case than I am.