Jodi Arias' Police Interrogation Tapes Played in Court

COLLEEN CURRY
Good Morning AmericaJanuary 14, 2013
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The jury in the Jodi Arias murder trial watched today as Arias repeatedly denied to police stealing and using the handgun that killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

Arias told police that she had never seen a .25 caliber handgun and had no idea her grandparents owned one until they reported it stolen a week before Alexander's killing, according to the police interrogation tapes played in court today.

Police from Yreka, Calif., where Arias lived with her grandparents, described the scene of the home when Arias's grandparents reported a break-in. The door was pushed in, breaking the door jamb, and many drawers were opened in Arias' bedroom and her grandparents' room.

The only things reported taken were the handgun, a DVD player, and $30, while other valuable items, including a large pile of quarters and three other guns, were left untouched. Arias told police that her laptop computer was not taken because she had hidden it in a laundry basket covered with clothes.

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Officer Kevin Friedman of the Yreka police department told the court today that burglary struck him as odd.

"I believed it was unusual that small items worth money or money, for instance, that the change was not taken," said Officer Kevin Friedman, of the Yreka police department, who investigated the alleged robbery. "I also thought it was strange that only one of the firearms was stolen from the cabinet."

In the police videos, Arias is seen calmly denying stealing the gun from her grandparents' home and using it when she killed Alexander in June 2008, a week after the burglary.

The tapes are the first look at the interrogation and Arias, now 32, appears to be relaxed as she denies knowing anything about the theft or the murder. She slumps forward at one point with her head almost on the table, and does not appear to be upset when the detective reads the Miranda right to her.

"The gun that was stolen, a .25 auto, just happens to be the same caliber used to kill him," Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa, Ariz., police department said to Arias after she arrested her in July 2008 for the murder of Alexander.

"A .25 was used to kill him?" she asked.

"Jodi, we're just playing games here," Esteban replied.

"I didn't even know there were guns until my grandparents reported them stolen the day their house was broken into," Arias said.

Arias later admitted to killing Alexander, 30, by shooting him in the head, stabbing him 27 times and slashing his throat. She claims Alexander was an abusive boyfriend and that she killed him in self defense.

But the prosecution has presented witnesses and evidence throughout the five days of testimony showing that Arias lied repeatedly to investigators before her arrest.

"What did you do with the gun?" Esteban asked her in the video taped interviews.

"I don't have a gun," Arias responded. "I don't know what a .25 looks like."

Arias had previously told Esteban in phone calls and interviews that Alexander had inexplicably stopped returning her phone calls, that she had taken a road trip to Utah to visit a man she was interested in dating that Alexander was killed, and that she had never used a gun or been violent.

Arias later admitted driving to Alexander's house in Mesa, Ariz., where she killed him, before continuing onto Utah to meet her new love interest.

Police allege that Arias arrived in Mesa from California, that she and Alexander had sex, took sexually graphic photos of one another, and then Arias brutally attacked Alexander, killing him.

She then drove to Utah to see Ryan Burns, whom she kissed and cuddled with for a day before returning to California.

Alexander's body was found five days later in a pool of blood in his bathroom by his friends.

Arias lied to Burns and to cops about the trip to Mesa in the months leading up to her arrest, before she confessed and said the killing was in self-defense.