Jodi Arias' defense team made closing arguments on Friday and her lawyer, Kirk Nurmi, stressed circumstances that weighed in favor of Jodi killing her lover, Travis Alexander, in self-defense, not out of a premeditated "covert" operation to kill him out of rage and jealousy. Travis was found shot in the face, stabbed 27 times, and his throat was slit. The prosecution contends that Jodi drove from California to Arizona with the express purpose of killing him. Jodi contends that she killed him in self-defense after he attacked her for dropping his camera.
Jodi's lawyer pointed out that she left a "paper trail" with her rental car for the drive -- something she wouldn't have done if she was trying to cover her tracks. Said the lawyer:
You don't go to Budget rent-a-car, plop down a couple of hundred dollars and drive off with their car ... you have a driver's license and credit card information. There's a clear paper trail. An airport with security cameras, and security all around ... It doesn't make any sense if you are on a covert mission.
The lawyer also pointed out that Jodi kept the receipts for the gas she bought -- something she wouldn't have done if she was trying to mask her trip:
Why would this smart woman not ... take this receipt and throw it right in the garbage can? 'I don't want anyone to know I bought this gas can, because I'm on this covert mission.' But she didn't do that, did she?
True, but she certainly wouldn't be the first killer to be really bad at planning a murder. The defense also pointed out that the gun used to kill Travis, which has never been found, wouldn't have been the gun that the prosecution says was stolen from Jodi's grandparents' home, since that led to a police report being filed -- something she would have wanted to avoid. He said:
Why would she stage this burglary ... when she could have just reached in there (to the gun cabinet), or got a gun from another source?