The fiery prosecutor in Jodi Arias’ murder trial has made the shock revelation that Arias almost went free – despite stabbing her ex-boyfriend 29 times and shooting him in the face.
Speaking on the Dr Phil show, Juan Martinez gave fascinating details about how he was able to prove that the murder was in fact a premeditated attack – not the result of an impulsive ‘jealous rage’, as her defense had argued.
Martinez said his suspicion about her story had deepened after detectives found that Arias had bought spare gas cans months before her trip to Arizona, that had ended in the bloody murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
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The prosecutor (left) in Jodi Arias’ (right) murder trial has made the shock revelation that Arias almost went free – despite stabbing her ex- boyfriend 29 times
Arias (left) said Alexander (right) came at her ‘like a linebacker’, body-slamming her to the tile floor. She said she managed to wriggle free and ran into his closet to retrieve a gun he kept on a shelf
‘With that information, I started to take a look at some of the receipts that were taken during an execution of a search warrant on her house, and I saw there was a receipt for a five-gallon gas can. So now I knew that I had three five-gallon gas cans – [a total of] 15 gallons,’ Martinez told Dr. Phil.
‘And I also knew that in an interview with the police, her mother said, ‘Jodi told me that she wasn’t anywhere in Mesa and she had the receipts to prove it.’ So it was clear she was planning to keep certain receipts, but she was also planning not to stop in Arizona for gas, because the 15 gallons allowed her to go through the state of Arizona without stopping for gas.’
But what is most astonishing about Martinez’ account is that if it hadn’t have been for the gas cans she could have gotten away with it.
Martinez said they were the key evidence that helped him prove to the jury that Arias had planned the trip to murder Alexander.
Martinez added: ‘Even in opening statements, the defense attorney indicated it was a trip she hadn’t planned… but the gas cans spoke otherwise.’
He also explained that changing her hair from platinum blonde to drab brown and removing the license plates from the car were both indicators of pre-meditation.
‘She went to great lengths to make sure that no one could tell she was there. And, by in large, she was successful,’ he said. ‘Except for that one mistake, she probably would’ve gotten away with it.’
The fiery prosecutor made these revelations in his new tell-all book: Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars.
Martinez also explained that changing her hair from platinum blonde to drab brown (left and right) and removing the license plates from the car were both indicators of pre-meditation
He told Dr Phil: ‘The untold story is that her claims that this was a spur of the moment attack are completely falsified.’
Arias’ 2013 trial became a media circus as details of their kinky relationship and the violent crime scene emerged in court and were broadcast live.
Spectators traveled to Phoenix and lined up in the middle of the night to get a seat in the courtroom to catch a glimpse of what had become to many a real-life soap opera.
Interest in the case intensified after Arias did a jailhouse interview minutes after she was convicted of murder, telling a local TV reporter that she preferred the death penalty over life in prison.
‘I would much rather die sooner than later. Longevity runs in my family, and I don’t want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place,’ she said.
Two years after her arrest, she eventually admitted to killing him – but said it was in self-defense.
She said she recalled Alexander attacking her in fury for dropping his camera after a day of sex at his home.
Victim: Prosecutors said Arias heartlessly killed Alexander (pictured together above) because he wanted to break up with her
She said Alexander came at her ‘like a linebacker’, body-slamming her to the tile floor. She said she managed to wriggle free and ran into his closet to retrieve a gun he kept on a shelf.
She said she fired in self-defense but had no memory of stabbing him.
But throughout the trial, prosecutor Juan Martinez attempted to paint Arias as a manipulative liar and said her account did simply not line up with the facts and how she had appeared to plot the killing.
‘It’s like a field of lies that has sprouted up around her as she sat on the witness stand,’ Martinez said of Arias. ‘Every time she spat something out, another lie.’
Martinez sought to show how Arias had planned out her attack weeks in advance, explaining how she stole the 25 -caliber gun used in the attack from her grandparents’ home where she was staying in Yreka, California, two days after a heated text-message exchange between Arias and Alexander.
She was sentenced to natural life in prison with no chance of parole.
And in a new twist, it was reported a few days ago that Arias has lost visitation privileges for roughly 200 days as punishment for calling a female correctional officer a ‘c*** blocker’.
Arias referred to the officer on February 3 in a crude fashion while talking with another officer, according to an Arizona Department of Corrections report.
The report said Arias was upset because the officer denied her request for a haircut, KNXV-TV in Phoenix reported.