Jodi Arias' Closing Arguments Cast Doubt on Her 'Plan' to Kill Travis Alexander (VIDEO)

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?

The lawyer pointed out that Jodi's father had unregistered guns she could have taken. Jodi claims she found the gun at Travis's home.
 
Well, I don't know if this all proves that Jodi didn't plan it, or that she did but just didn't have a clue what she was doing. She'd never murdered anyone before, after all.
 
The prosecution, of course, will question why Jodi, if she did kill in self-defense, didn't just call the police afterwards rather than lying about her role in his death for two years.
 
Decisions, decisions!
 
Do you think Jodi will get off?

 
 
Image via AZ Central/YouTube

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TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Please stop defending this evil woman.

PRIMA487 PRIMA487

@TheTruthTeller:She has a problem.If you've read any of her previous posts you know that.This is the woman who gets scared when people are nice to her.Kinda stands to reason that she would find sympathy for this evil piece of filth.Kiri is a of strange ilk.

Happy... Happydad73

This sounds like so many of the crossed, used, betrayed and angry women we have read about time and time again. She got angry because she felt like he was just having sex with her but didn't love her as she so wanted to

be and she went after him. Self defense would have been to shoot him, even several times. What she did was take what she felt was revenge.

nonmember avatar Les

I am glad I read the comments. Thanks guys. The title of the article bothered me....but then I was a little suspicious when I saw this article was on this site. And then after reading the title of the author's book, Can't Think Straight, etc. I figured I shouldn't give much credence to her opinion. I am with happydad. Most Jodi Arias defenders seem to be really messed up women that are angry about a bad relationship. I am a woman, by the way.

hello... hellokd87

It seems to me to be a case of "passion killing". She might've driven to get some closure from him, to try & talk him into loving her or something & when his jerk side showed she snapped. With those emails from a friend of his who even said she didn't like the way Travis treated Jodi it's hard to feel sorry for him. He didn't deserve to be murdered the way he 2was & its not justifying what she did, but after a certain amount of abuse some women accept it & some women snap, like Jodi did. Her anger might have overcome her so badly she just went red all over & killed him. It's no explanation, no justification, but it is possible that it could've happened.

Venae Venae

Why is CNN so obsessed w/this case?  Not one word about the Gosnell story of killing poor, mostly black women, while performing abortions and killing infants that were born alive; or the fact that the facility where this took place was not inspected by the city or anyone else for over 17 years in spite of complaints.  Now there's a story!

nonmember avatar Chere

You can cast doubt on pretty much anything. It's really easy. the answer is this. Seemingly smart people do stupid things. That's how they are caught. Probably the stupidest thing she did was murder, something that she had no benefit in executing except, what circumstantial evidence points to is a jealous fixation. No other meaningful evidence points to any contrary argument. subtract the pictures and the palmprint and it would have been difficult to place her there. All of her actions prior to and following the event point to her concealing the fact that she had even been there. She probably never planned on the pictures, but it was a good opportunity to place him in a vulnerable position to execute him. after that, wash down the body to rid him of any trace of her own body fluids, wash the sheets, delete the bad photos and assuming the SD card would not survive a wash cycle, washed that along with the camera.

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