Prosecutor Juan Martinez hammered alleged murderer Jodi Arias today with accusations that she felt no remorse when she lied over and over again about killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
"Ma'am you have a problem with telling the truth don't you?" Martinez asked as his first question today, the 11th day Arias has been on the stand explaining her role in Alexander's death.
"Not typically," Arias responded.
Martinez then took Arias through a series of lies she admittedly told in the days after she stabbed and shot Alexander to death on June 4, 2008, lying to friends, investigators and even Alexander's grandmother, going so far as to send a dozen irises to his grandmother expressing her sympathy.
Arias, 32, has testified that she killed Alexander in self-defense during a violent argument and lied about it out of "shame."
But prosecutors say that the 27 stab wounds, a slashed throat, and two bullets she fired at Alexander's head prove that she murdered him. She could face the death penalty if convicted.
Today Martinez tried to raise doubts about Arias' earlier testimony in which she depicted Alexander as an increasingly menacing and sexually demanding lover by grilling her about the lies she told after she killed Alexander.
Martinez pointed out that Arias lied to Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa, Ariz., police department as he investigated Alexander's death. She initially denied to the detective that she was at Alexander's Mesa, Ariz., home when he was killed, and later said he was murdered by a pair of masked intruders.
"You told (Flores) you would help him, but that was a lie right? You weren't there to tell the truth. You were there for another purpose: to make sure he didn't get the truth.... You were hoping, ma'am, that (Flores) would believe what you were saying so you could walk out of jail," Martinez said.
Arias argued with Martinez, claiming that she lied to investigators out of shame, and lied to friends immediately after the death out of confusion.
"My mind wasn't right during all that period," Arias said referring to the hours immediately following the killing when she drove through the Arizona desert and made phone calls to ex-boyfriend Matthew McCartney and new love interest Ryan Burns.
"It's like I wasn't accepting it in my mind... because I never killed anyone before," she said.
Martinez also suggested that Arias tried to find out the status of the investigation into Alexander's death so that she could know if she were about to be arrested. When a friend of Alexander's called her to report the news about Alexander's death, Arias asked about details into the investigation, the prosecutor said. She also called Alexander's Mormon bishop and asked him what he knew about the case, and then asked friends and family members what they knew, according to Martinez.
"You needed to see what you needed to know to make sure you weren't charged. What purpose would there be for that information other than to benefit you?" Martinez asked. "You called [the bishop] at 3 a.m. You call him and spoke to him because you wanted to get the information about what he knew about the investigation. That was going to help you."
Martinez also went over lies that Arias told to her friend, Leslie Udy, and Ryan Burns, both of whom she saw in Utah the day after killing Alexander. She talked to both about Alexander as if he were still alive. Martinez pointed out that Arias even made out with Burns in his bedroom during their visit.
But Arias claimed that it was Burns who lied about their encounter.
"And with Mr. Burns, didn't you get on top of him and grind on him?" Martinez asked.
Arias said she was on top of Burns at one point, but they did not "grind."
"Well, when you were romantic kissing, he did put his hand between your legs, didn't he?" Martinez said, referring to Burns' own testimony in court weeks earlier.
"No," Arias said. "It could be that he's full of crap...when he says he got near my vaginal area."
"This is the person who lied to him, to (friends), to Detective Flores, and yet you're telling us someone else is full of crap," Martinez asked incredulously.
"When it comes to that, yes," she said.
Jodi Arias Says She Was 'Betrayed'
As the two sparred over Arias' lies and behavior, Martinez repeatedly asked Arias whether she had memory problems when she said she could not clearly remember details of conversations with investigators and friends.
"Again, do you have problems with your memory Miss Arias?" he asked. "You didn't seem to have much problem on direct examination when you regaled us for days on end about your sexual exploits with Mr. Alexander."
"I wouldn't say regaled," Arias said dryly.
Martinez said that the only time Arias may have told the truth was in a phone conversation not previously discussed during the trial. According to Martinez's questioning, Arias called her ex-boyfriend, Matthew McCartney, in the hours immediately after she left Alexander's house when she said she stood on the side of the road washing blood off of her hands with bottled water.
"You were lost. You called Matt. He was a friend, an ally, someone who would not betray you," Martinez said.
"He betrayed me," Arias answered.
Arias told news reporters in September 2008 that McCartney would never betray her.
"With regard to the phone call you made to him, you didn't think he wouldn't betray you," Martinez said.
"Right," she said.
It has not been made clear at the trial how Arias felt McCartney "betrayed" her.