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your life's going to be, and somehow it just doesn't quite work out that way. >> that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. i'm craig melvin. >> and i'm natalie morales. >> and this is "dateline." >> jody became travis' drug. he very much recognized how bad she was for him but she kept showing up in his life and just like a drug addict, he kept letting her back in the door. >> her trial riveted the country. >> we, the jury, find the defendant as to count one first-degree murder guilty. >> jodie arias who brutally murdered her boyfriend was facing a possible death sentence. >> did you think she would do what she did?
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>> a stormy story of sex. >> we would hang out and have sex. >> lies and murder. >> after one of the most sensational and bizarre trials ever, hear the chilling details from her friends. >> do you see any cuts on her? >> tiny. little cuts. >> reporter: and his. >> he was she afraid with her and every time i threatened to cut things off, he would give in. >> this isn't somebody who wdis. this is somebody who was tragically murdered. hello. welcome to "dateline." when travis alexander was murdered, friends immediately suspected his former girlfriend jodie arias. drastic evidence found at the evidence pointed to her as well and soon she was arrested. her trial captivated the nation
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with months of lurid testimony. through it all, there was a fascinating mystery at the heart of the crime -- who was jodi arias? here is josh with "along came jodie. >> you would know that, right? >> the trial never played as a murder mystery. jodie, after all, had admitted to 12 jurors in open court and a few million viewers on tv that she was the one who shot and stabbed and then stabbed some more her former boyfriend and secret sex partner. >> as to count one, first-degree murder, guilty. >> why did so many million trial followers stick around for the final act?
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and why did so many leave home and work to gather on the courthouse steps to await the final verdict? we will take an in-depth look at the case into why jodie arias became so obsessed with travis alexander and why so many of you became so obsessed with this trial. we start with this home video played for the jury. it shows travis holding court amid a circle of friends. look a little closer and you'll see a blond tenderly nestled in his lap. that is jodie, in much happier times when she and travis first started dating. no hint then of what was coming. >> we were excited for travis finding somebody that he was interested in. >> chris hughes was travis' mentor at work. that is him on the couch with
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travis and jodie. >> when we met her that first night, we liked her. >> yeah. >> right off the bat, thought she was someone that would be a good match for travis. >> reporter: aaron dewy was a roommate of travis. >> aside from the physical chemistry that was already there there seemed to be emotional chemistry off the bat as well. >> reporter: jodie arias has been described as sexy, sultry and travis alexander, when they first met, probably felt he was every bit her counterpart. he was a successful insurance salesman, handsome, charismatic. dave hall worked with travis and close to him. good friend? >> very good friend. >> best friend? >> it's funny. i've seen recently numerous people come forward and say, hey, he was my best friend and that is just the type of guy travis was. he made everybody feel like you were his best friend.
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>> reporter: according to friends, travis was a bit of a ladies man but this time he was out of his league. >> jodie became travis' drug and he got something from her with something he couldn't get with other girls in arizona. >> reporter: not just sex but crazy sex? >> yeah. >> reporter: or sex that -- >> over the top. over the top stuff. >> jodi used sex to control travis. at first she tried to be this good girl with morals and values and that don't work so she turned on the sex. >> reporter: and that had travis, a devowed mormon, tied up with having sex before marriages. mormon believe the sinner risks eternity in hell if they do
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that. it was like he kept his relationship with jodie in the closet. >> he wanted them that he would have a long-term marriage with a mormon girl. >> reporter: this was a guy leading a double life? >> yes. >> reporter: jodie tried to convert to mormonism. he summoned his will and broke it off with her. the moral equation may have been cruel but to travis it was undeniable. her willingness to have sex in all sorts of way before marriage might have maid her the perfect secret girlfriend but it simultaneously disqualified her as a wife. >> she was not going to be the one he was going to spend the rest of hess life with and he communicated that to her. >> reporter: what travis kept secret from his friends has that
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he and jodie were still having sex. what he didn't keep secret that is jodie was stalking her. >> every time he threatened to take things off with jodi, she threatened to kill herself. >> reporter: clear she wasn't going to commit suicide. by the time she was prowling conventions and flirting with ryan burns. >> seemed like a cool girl. we exchanged numbers and two or three weeks after that we started talking on the phone four or five times a week. >> reporter: during one of those calls, jodie promised to visit ryan in utah and one more thanning in june, 2008, she came knocking at his door. he had no idea what had just happened at travis' house in arizona and he didn't know jodie had been been there just one day before. how did she look? >> she looked fine. just normal.
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>> reporter: do you see any cuts on her? >> tiny. she had a couple of bandages on one of her hands. there wasn't a moment where i am thought, you know, are you okay? is anything wrong? we were laughing about simple little things. she seemed totally into the moment. >> reporter: back in arizona, travis' friends found him dead, his home a bloody crime scene. in the the washing machine, police found a water-logged camera that would come to mean everything in this case. some of travis' friends like chris and sky hughes, suspected jodie from the start. >> i knew in that very moment that jodie arias did it. >> he turned to me and said, "jodi did this." >> ryan burns thought he knew jodie and will girl he knew wasn't a killer. >> i honestly and genuinely didn't believe she had anything to do with it. she wouldn't let me hurt a spider on the wall because she
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didn't want to hurt god's creates. >> reporter: but travis' friends suspected her? >> people told me not to take her calls or tar to to her but at that point she had become a good friend and is this a situation am i talking to a murderer? >> reporter: aaron dewy wasn't sure what to believe. jodie, he said played the role of innocent perfectly. 13 days after travis' murder she volunteered to talk to the mesa police asking dewey for a riled to the station. tell me what happened in the car that day. >> irey ironically nothing. >> what else did she say say about travis' murder? >> she said she wasn't there and had not seen him in months. >> reporter: that is the story jodie told police as well and
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a former boyfriend of hers,
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an individual that she was in love with. >> reporter: on january 2nd, 2013, 4 1/2 years after the slaul slaughter of travis alexander, the prosecutor opened the first-degree murder trial of jodi arias about talking about a love that went very long. >> she awarded that love by sticking a knife in his chest. >> reporter: juan martinez laid out his evidence for jodi's guilty as text initiations and analysts and experts connected jodi to the crime. her hair and dna at the scene. >> this hair who does that match? >> the root matched jodi arias. >> reporter: an expert testified she found jodie's hand print on the wall and brought that part into court. >> this is the piece of wall that was cut out and collected
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as item number 887ld. >> reporter: this is what we are looking at in this photograph? >> while it's stit untll in the. >> reporter: perhaps the most evidence i evidencing camera was this camera found in the washing machine. >> the items that were deleted were there some that involved mr. alexander in the shower? >> yes. >> reporter: what made these pictures keel to the case had to do with a feature built into the camera. >> these images when you take them with this camera, it embeside the date and time the camera has set on it to the file, itself. >> reporter: meaning for the prosecution, those photos, along with the other evidence, told a story, that jodi showed up at travis' home around 4:00 a.m. on june 4th, 2008. she had steamy sex until about 5:00 p.m., photographing each other as they did so. between 5:22 and 5:29, jodi took
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these time-tamped photos of travis in his shower, about one minute after this picture was pan, the repeated stabbing of travis alexander began. the medical examiner kevin horn testified that cuts on travis' hands help explain what happened as he was stabbed 27 times, nearly decapitated and shot in the head. >> i believe the wounds to the hands must have occurred before the fatal injuries either of the head or of the throat. >> reporter: at 5:31, the camera snaps what seems to be an accidental photo of the bathroom ceiling. the next photo taken at 5:32 shows travis on the floor bleeding profusely around the neck. in the foreground is what looks like a woman's pant leg. according to the prosecutor, it could only be jodi's.
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ryan burns testified telling the court the same story he told us about how jodi visited him in utah one day after killing travis. >> she got on top of me pretty aggressively and we were kissing. >> reporter: martinez then played for the jury powerful video of jodi lying outright to mesa police detective flores just before her arrest. >> why won't you admit to it? >> i just can't. i didn't kill travis. >> reporter: you killed him. >> no. >> reporter: jodi, you did. >> i did not! >> reporter: an accusation that would make many people crumble. but jodi stuck to her story. >> were you at travis house on wednesday? >> reporter: absolutely not. i was nowhere near mesa. >> reporter: what is so remarkable looking back at this police interview tape even in the face of immutable evidence, jodi did can lie seamlessly and very creatively, because the
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next day after being booked and charged with travis' murder, jodi had a completely different story to tell the police, admitting she was there that night. >> travis was screaming! >> reporter: but that masked intruders had burst in and killed travis and she was too afraid to say anything. >> i turned around and two people there. one was a guy and one was a girl. >> reporter: and it was through these videotapes the jury heard, in jodi's own words, how her story had evolved, but it's the outtakes from these recordings, the parts the jury didn't see that may also give insight into how jodi operates. let's go back to the exchange between jodi and detective flores just before he confronted her with the photos from travis' camera. >> no.
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>> reporter: if jodi was nervous, she didn't show it. maybe because a giggle and a head toss had worked on so many guys, so many times before. >> and christian i just live my life by the ten commandments and those are my rules, dah, dah, shall not this or that. >> reporter: after her flirtatious routine fell flat and she was about to be arrested she seemed unwordy and facing murder charges many of us would think the world turned upside down. but for her it was a chance to get into a headstand. in yoga it's known as a cure to to ail you. then she made one last request.
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she wanted to look good, apparently for this cheerful mug shot. in control. and out to win over an audience no matter how big or small, which may explain why when the defense was ready to put on its case, the first witness they called. >> come forward and take a seat, please. >> was jodi arias. coming up, jodi's new defense, self-defense as she takes the stand and almost won't get off. >> he gets a hotel room. i show up. we hang out. we have sex. >> reporter: when "dateline" continues. have sex. >> reporter: when "dateline" continues.
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like the color of her hair, jodi arias' account of the demonstrating of her boyfriend changed over time. first, she told police she wasn't there. >> were you in travis house on wednesday? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: next that masked home invaders had killed travis. then in court came version number three. this time, she swore she was telling the whole truth. >> did you kill travis alexander on june 4th, 2008? >> yes, i did. >> why? >> he attacked me.
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and i defended myself. >> having a client that has lied in the past makes it very difficult for a defense attorney. you're trying to play catch-up the entire time, trying to prove that your client is credible. >> reporter: this is a phoenix defense attorney who has tried death penalty cases but not part of the arias' trial. he said jodi's defense team was right to bput her on the stand o trip to connect to the jury. >> they do need to have the jury feel some sense of sympathy, some sorrow for her. sh it was very important to humanize jodie. >> reporter: the defense started with a claim jodi had suffered long-term and physical and emotional abuse. first around the age of 7 from her parents. >> i think that is the first year my dad started using a b t belt. my mom began to carry a wooden
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spoon in her purse. >> reporter: jodi's parents who were there for much of her testimony won't say whether her claims are true. the defense theme of jodi as a victim continued with her accusations that she felt used and debased by travis alexander. >> what do you mean, though, you felt used? >> he gets a hotel room. i show up. we hang out. we have sex. i'm getting a lot of attention but only while we are engaging in sexual activity. i kind of felt like a prostitute, sort of. >> the graphic sexual system really goes to the heart of the question as to whether travis was physically and emotionally abusing her through the sexual relationship they had. >> reporter: the jury heard a recording jodi made, she said, at travis' request of a steamy phone call. >> you're mad! you make me feel so dirty. >> you are dirty. >> did you and travis ever
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videotape yourself while having sex? >> yes. >> and whose desire was for that to take place? >> at his. >> defense expert alice violet who co-authored a book about battered women suggesting emails from travis' friends to jodi showed travis took advantage of women. >> they advised her to move on from the relationship, that mr. alexander has been abusive to women. >> reporter: that testimony, heard by millions, and the jury, was stricken by the judge. jodi's defense lawyers never called to the stand the authors of those emails chris and sky hughes who say their words were twisted by the defense. >> it doesn't exist. the abuse does not exist. >> reporter: what is it like to see your words used as a murder defense when the victim was your friend? >> it's got gut wrenching. they are using our words to make
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travis look like somebody that he absolutely was not. >> he called me a bitch and kicked me in the ribs. >> reporter: during her marathon 18 days on the stand, 11 coming under friendly defense questioning, jodi said travis became enraged over they argued against money. >> he kicked me again. i put my hand out. >> reporter: what happened after that? >> i screamed really loud. i think i yelled out my finger, my hand or something to effect. >> reporter: jodi showed the jury the misshaped finger she had as a result of travis' outburst but whatever she may have had about violence, she and travis didn't stop seeing each other. >> he seemed very happy to see me. >> reporter: jodi came to travis' house early one morning in june 2008. that day, the day he died, there was sex. lots of it, she acknowledged. after all, there was no denying all of the photos they took. >> we were trying out different
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poseses. >> reporter: jodi, herself, described a happy, playful, erotic day, until travis' brand-new camera slipped out of her hands. >> he was screaming that i was a stupid idiot and he body-slammed me again on the tile. >> reporter: jodi testified she remembered travis kept a gun in his closet and ran to get it. >> i grabbed the gun. i ran out of the closet. he was chasing me. >> reporter: very described travis lunging at her, the gun going off without her even knowing it. she said travis then kept coming, even with a bullet in his head. >> and we fell. i got up and he just screaming angry. after i broke away from him, he said [ bleep ] kill you, bitch. >> reporter: do you remember stabbing travis alexander? >> i have no memory of stab be him. >> do you remember dragging him across the floor?
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>> no. >> do you remember placing him in the shower? >> reporter: jodill had lied on so many times before she hoped she would get away with it one last time with the 12 people who mattered the most -- the jury. but so many people watching on tv and the internet had, by now, heard enough of jodi's stories that they had already reached their own vert. >> the jodi arias jury goes viral and unexpected new cable star. coming up. >> reporter: people ask you for your autograph? >> they do. >> reporter: they want a picture with you? >> they do! >> reporter: when dlted continues. >> reporter: when dlted continues. everyone says i should fight my cravings. no. you know what i do? i snack on blue diamond almonds.
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i'm dara brown. president trump told house republicans he didn't want to make the call to the ukrainian president that led to impeachment inquiry saying rick
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per i didn't urged him to do it. the department says perry confirmed the call saying he wanted the president to discuss matters of area security. better than y bernie sanders is back in vermont confirming what was a heart attack. become to "dateline." i'm craig melvin. jodi arias took the stand at her own murder trial, spinning a graphic tale of sex and abuse. she admitted she killed travis alexander but said it was self-defense. millions watched her testimony live on tv and the internet. and some would take their obsession further. here is josh mankowitz with "along came jodi." >> reporter: the many faces of jodi arias and months of sex,
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lie, and videotape, quickly made her trial the hottest show in town. every morning at day break people would line up hoping to get a seat for a close-up look at moments like these. >> mr. martinez -- >> yes or no! are you talking? yes or no! >> mr. martinez, are you ankle ril at me? >> ma'am, is that relevant to you? is that important to you? >> please refrain from laughing in the courtroom. >> unearly rising regular even sold her spot in line to a late comer for 200 bucks. the judge unhappy to hear the tickets to her trial were scalped ordered the money refunded and this juror was dismissed for reasons unknown returned to court the following day, apparently she was hooked on the action. >> i knew that my life was pretty much over, but. >> reporter: as were millions of people who couldn't get enough of a story boy meets girl, girl
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kills boy. it wasn't televised but streamed live, long, unfiltered across the internet. >> people are content to just watch. they want to participate. they are doing research on the players. >> reporter: arizona republic reporter michael kiever covered the trial and said many i recall ready for their verdicts long before the testimony was over. >> anyone who takes less than an approach of, well, she deserves the death penalty and deserves it now is considered biased. >> reporter: and any perception of bias for the defense, even by defense witnesses, could bring a hostile reaction from jodi haters. this all became dangerously interactive. when a therapist testified for the defense, supporting jodi's claim she had been sexually used by travis. >> and what does he do after he gives her the book of mormon? >> i tells her he is horny and they have oral sex. she performs oral sex on him.
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>> reporter: while violet's testimony was calmed and measured, the vitamriol was anything about. she was personally attacked and a petition was started to stop her from speaking in conferences and the reason battered women say with their accusers was hit with online mud slinging reviews. >> she got hundreds and thousands of those kind of remarks over the internet. people calling her office, threatening her, they had to call the police. if i were to walk up her in the halfway of the courtroom and say i don't like your testimony and i may hurt you, and i'm going to try to ruin your career, that is a felony. >> reporter: and she wasn't the only target. michael kiever reported that jodi's lawyer also received threats. jodi also took to social media with a twitter account that drew more than 51,000 followers. she did it through a friend she
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met in jail. donovan barron became jodi's unofficial spokeswoman and twitter administrator. you actually operate the twitter account? >> yes. >> reporter: but those are jodi's words? >> everything on this comes from jodi. those are her thoughts and those are her opinions. >> reporter: jodi used twitter to sell her own original artwork and make points she couldn't make on the witness stand. she needled prosecutor martinez. anger management problems, any way? another tweet was more snarky. i want mating that martinez was affected with little man syndrome and that comment has since been deleted. but all of this attention helped elevate the public persona of juan martinez, a once anonymous bulldog of a prosecutor. now a prominent co-star in the jodi show. just ask some of the trial
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tourists. the mostly women who traveled from around the country to witness the trial firsthand. >> juan martinez you never know what he is going to pull out of his head. >> he is travis' voice and we admire him for. >> reporter: >> these sisters amy and dawn took the week off from their jobs in st. louis in hopes of getting a ring dunn side seat here! and maybe meeting some cable tv celebrities. >> once you go into the courtroom, it's so surreal. like you've been seeing all of these people on tv. >> reporter: here they are in person? >> yeah. this is like our hollywood! >> reporter: one of the stars, the sisters were hoping to spot was katie wick. >> oh, dr. drew, what a crazy day! >> reporter: every night, katie gave her take on the trial during hnl "dr. drew show." she wasn't and anchor, a reporter, or a an attorney.
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a regular spectator who caught the ice of a cable news booker and viola! people want to take a pirp with you? >> they do. >> reporter: to the aured yens fix dunn ated on the trial you're a celeb. >> i had people telling me i love you're i don't want to say average person. i'm not going in there as a lawyer or doctor but just a person. >> reporter: just a regular person in the jodi arias show. >> this is not "jersey shore" lot like did you tee see it las night? this is life and death, a death penalty case. >> reporter: people are reacting to it like it's a reality show? >> like it's a reality show. >> reporter: this reality show was about to get real. >> "dateline" returns after the break. real. >> "dateline" returns after the break. pm. the only one to combine a safe sleep aid and the 12-hour pain-relieving strength of aleve. that dares to last into the morning. so you feel refreshed.
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enterprise makes it easy. the jodi arias trial may have played like entertainment to millions of devoted viewers hooked on the daily drama unfolding on cable. >> you may come forward and take a seat, please. >> this wasn't a tv show. it was a murder trial. the stakes were literally life and death. >> what are you trying to say? >> am i allowed to tell you. >> the four-month trial came down to a showdown between the bulldog prosecutor and the woman
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whose image changed at trial from sexy want to be a photographer, to plain jane admitted killer. prosecutor martinez set the tone from the beginning of his cross-examination. he found a crack in jodi's trademark composure when jodi appeared to have a perfect memory of her sexual escapades but not of stabbing travis 27 times. >> i have no memory of stabbing him. >> at first, jodi gave as good as she got in sparring with the prosecutor. >> what factors influenced your having a memory problem? >> usually when men like you are screaming at me or grilling me or someone like travis doing the same. >> so that affects your memory? >> it does. it makes my brain scramble. >> then there was the matter of the gun jodi used to shoot travis. she testified she found it at his house. martinez presented evidence that a gun of the same caliber was stolen from the home of jodi's
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garnts in yreka, california, just before the killing. while jodi was living there. >> you brought the gun from yreka, didn't you? >> no. >> reporter: the implication? this was premeditated murder. affiliate lies and the tweeting by jodi arias, finally after days of cross-examination. >> reporter: martinez seemed to break her down. >> you would acknowledge that that stabbing was after the shooting, kort yaccording to yo right? >> yes. i don't remember. >> i'm not asking you if you remember, ma'am. i'm asking if you acknowledge that it would be you that did it. correct? >> yes. >> so if he is being stabbed in the back, would you acknowledge at that point that he no threat to you? right? >> i don't know. >> well, if he has already been shot, according to you, and he is facing away from you, how
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could he have possibly be any threat to you? >> i can only guess. i don't know what you're asking me. >> jodi's claim of self-defense was being whittled away. >> would you agree that you're the person who actually slit mr. alexander's throat from ear-to-ear? >> yes. >> would you also agree that you're the individual that stabbed him in the upper torso? >> yes. >> and you're doing all of this, according to your version of events, you're doing this to this individual after you have already shot him, right?
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>> yes. >> reporter: jodi initially tried to lie her way out of this jam, but was she now trying to cry her way out of it on the witness stand? >> she is manipulative. she is cunning. and i suspect she can be extremely seductive. >> reporter: forensic psychiatrist steve pitt who was familiar with the case but did not examine jodi arias, saw a woman good at manipulating others but not so good with being rejected. i saw her diagnosed by the prosecution's expert witness as having borderline personality disorder. what does that mean? >> what could be the understatement of this particular case they do not do real well with rejection or abandonment. jodi arias is essentially the 21st century version of the character that glenn close played in "fatal attraction. >> reporter: if there was any time during the trial that
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jurors tipped their hand how they felt about jodi arias, it came over the course of two days when they questioned her directly. arizona is one state where jurors can actually ask questions of the defendant. the judge reads them. >> did police ever find your grandfather's gun? >> reporter: while the tone is not that as biting of the prosecutor those questions were overwhelmingly full of skepticism and disbelief. >> why did you place travis' body back in the shower? why not just tell the police the truth from the start? after all the lies you have told, why should we believe you now? >> the lies i've told in this case are -- can be tied directly back to either protecti intravi reputation or my involvement in his death in any way because i was very ashamed. >> reporter: and that is what this would all boil down to -- all of jodi's lies.
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>> she was a camillian. she read people really well, really well, and she would adapt to whatever situation she was in. >> reporter: jodi's old friend aaron dudy. >> she would reflect back to you. whatever it was you wanted to hear. whoever it was you wanted her to be. >> reporter: jodi arias spent 18 days on the stand and almost unheard of stint for a defendant in any murder trial. but was that part of the defense's grand strategy? keep arias on the stand so long that jurors would never vote to execute someone they had gotten to know so well in such intimate detail? criminal defense attorney here followed the arias case. >> i think that was the defense strategy, the longer we keep her on the stand the more they hear from her, they will hopefully ingratiate themselves with her to a certain extent and hopefully spare her life. >> reporter: jurors had four months to think about all of the
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as the end neared, the spectacle that was the jodi arias trial, spilled out of the courtroom and off the flat screens, and on to the street. >> did you kill travis alexander? >> reporter: this trial started with jodi arias admitting she
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killed travis alexander, yet she testified in her own defense for weeks, as if she still thought she could talk her way out of trouble. >> you saw her cry on the witness stand. anyone debate the reason she is crying is because she cries for herself. >> reporter: was there one point that juan martinez wanted to drive home in his closing arguments to the jury. >> such an or nate liliar. >> reporter: that jodi arias had spent the last four months runninging a con on them. >> are you gitioing to buy the lies? are you going to believe what she tells you. >> reporter: the defense attorney doesn't ask for an acquittal. even he seemed to feel that jurors would convict jodi of something. >> if miss arias is guilty of any crime at all, it is the crime of manslaughter and nothing more. >> reporter: and he pointedly reminded the jury that this wasn't a reality show, that
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their decision should not be about whether they approve of the woman whose sexual escapades have been a part of their daily routine for four months. >> nine times out of ten, i don't like jodi arias. >> reporter: it was a phrase that resonated, if not with the jury, then certainly with his client who responded nine days out of ten? that sounds about right. if you think it's strange that a murder defendant would laugh it up via social media, even while a jury deliberates her fate, then you don't know jodi arias, but, of course, that was kind of the issue throughout this trial. who was she? >> i don't know. >> reporter: look closely at her during cross-examination. no matter how much she sobs while strategically probably covering her face, there seemed to be no teardrops falling from her eyes. forensic psychiatrist steven pitt was struck by her ability to lie with confidence. >> that is a terrific sociopathic skill.
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she is able to tell a lie. she believes the lie and she is th . >> reporter: the jury didn't fall for it in their assessment of jo di's state of mind. their judge that it was premed indicated. >> we, the jury, do find tfhe defendant as to count one guilty of murder. >> reporter: oumetside the crow erupted in cheers. inside, jodi arias sat in silence as each jury was individually polled. this time her tears were definitely real and while travis' family quietly cried and hugged, his old friend dave hall took to the courthouse steps. >> i'm just glad the jury
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realized that jo di isdi is a pathological liar and gave her what she deserved. >> forgiveness comes but has nothing to do with her. it has to do with me. >> i feel i've forgiven joby but along with that i'm grateful that justice was served today. >> reporter: just after her conviction, the rarely silent jodi made clear what kind of punishment she would like to receive. in an arizona with a phoenix tv station. >> i feel death is freedom. i would rather have my freedom as soon as i can get it. >> reporter: after the words the sheriff's department announced they were placing jodi on suicide watch. the next phase of her murder trial to determine if the level of brutality met arizona' death penalty standards was unexpectedly postponed.
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no explanation. although the maricopa county confirmed she was to a lock watch. they decided to leave the decision to a djudge. in april 2015 she was sentenced to life without parole and she is appealing her conviction. as for the man who prosecuted her, juan martinez was hit with a misconduct complaint filed by the state bar of arizona and alleged in part he leaked information to a blogger during the penalty phase of the arias trial. he was also charged with having inappropriate communications with a dismissed juror. martinez has denied the allegations. jodi's wise cracks on twitter ended. her account was taken down. after being the center of attention for so long, jodi arias is serving her sentence, living her own reality far from
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the spotlight that once captured her. >> that's all for this edition of "dateline." i'm craig melvin. thank you for watching. "dateli" i'm craig melvin thank you for watching all i did was put one sentence. one sentence. >> it's not often that you get to be a hero. >> i got halfway through this and said oh my god. >> the murder happening in seconds. >> one was coming straight for me and jim with a gun leveled at all. i have never ran so fast in my life. >> the truth took decades. >> i said do you know what, give me a lie detector test. >> i never believed it for one minute, never. >> did someone have


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