She's on trial for killing former boyfriend
Accused murderer Jodi Arias was on the witness stand for another day on Wednesday, describing the events that resulted in the death of former boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Mesa home in 2008.
Fighting back tears during much of her testimony, Arias said the two of them were playfully taking photos in Alexander's shower when she dropped his camera. She said he "flipped out" and "body slammed" her to the tile floor, calling her an idiot (and worse) and saying "a five year old can handle a camera better than you can." She says he also threatened to kill her.
Arias says she managed to run into his closet to hide, and then remembered that while cleaning, she'd seen a gun stored on a closet shelf. She grabbed the gun and ran back out of the closet and into the bathroom.
There, Arias said, she pointed the gun at Alexander, hoping it would stop him from going after her. It didn't. She says he again tackled her, trying to pin her to the ground.
"I didn't mean to shoot him or anything, I didn't even think I was holding the trigger. I was just pointing it at him. I didn't even know I shot him," she said.
Arias says from that point on, her mind is pretty much blank until she found herself driving through the Utah desert. "When I finally came to, I saw that there was blood on my hands," Arias testified. "And I didn't have shoes. I didn't know where my shoes were."
Arias says she immediately started concocting an alibi to convince people that she was nowhere near Mesa when the death took place. Only weeks later did she admit she had killed Alexander.
Her attorney also questioned her about a statement she made in a TV interview, when she said "No jury will convict me." Arias says she was thinking a jury can't convict a dead person, and she thought she would be dead – by suicide – long before the case could go to trial. However, she found herself unable to go through with the plan.