Jodi Arias Admits Lying, Cries on the Stand

Jodi Arias Murder Trial: Cries Uncontrollably During Cross-Examination
Jodi Arias
Charlie Leight/The Arizona Republic/AP

updated 02/28/2013 at 04:00 PM EST

originally published 02/28/2013 04:00PM

After a month on the stand in which she showed little emotion, Jodi Arias broke down and cried uncontrollably in her Phoenix trial on Thursday.

The prosecutor was pushing her to recall how her lover Travis Alexander allegedly attacked her before she stabbed him 27 times and shot him in the head.

Although she has testified in detail about many events in their nearly two year, off-and-on relationship, the 32-year-old photographer says she killed Alexander in self defense after he attacked her for dropping his new camera – but that she blanks out when trying to recall the stabbing.

"Where were you taking these photographs when this happened?" prosecutor Juan Martinez asked as he displayed photos Arias took with Alexander's camera of him alive in his bedroom shower and then lying dead in it.



"Outside the shower," Arias said as she removed her glasses and wept.



"Ma'am, were you crying when you were shooting him?" asked Martinez, who suggests Arias cold-bloodedly planned the slaying out of jealousy, using a gun reported stolen from her grandparents' Yreka, Calif. home.

"I don't remember."

"Were you crying when you were stabbing him?"

"I don't remember."

"How about when you cut his throat – were you crying then?

"I don't remember."

"So take a look (at the photos) – you're the one that did this, right?"

"Yes."

"And you're the same individual that lied about all of this, right?" Martinez asked, referring to the way Arias has repeatedly changed her story.



"Yes," Arias said.

In the afternoon session, Martinez pointed out that – for someone who reacted in self-defense and can't remember stabbing someone nearly 30 times – Arias had enough of her wits to try to wash away blood stains in the bathroom with a glass, to remove evidence from the crime scene such as the gun, the knife and a rope, and, as she dumped the evidence in the desert and changed her clothes, to leave a chipper message on Alexander's voicemail, saying they were due for a get-together.

"So even in this fog, you still had this ability to think, to protect yourself," Martinez asked, later adding, "You did not want to face the consequences of what you'd done, right?"

"I was afraid of the consequences," Arias conceded.

If convicted, Arias could get the death penalty.

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