Jodi Arias Secret; Was She Travis Alexander’s ‘Dirty Little Secret'?
Jodi Arias' secret relationship with Travis Alexander, the devout Mormon elder she is accused of murdering, was discussed by her defense team during her trial this week as part of their self-defense argument. Arias is accused of shooting Alexander in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat from ear to ear in the shower of his Mesa apartment on June 4, 2008. Arias' lawyers argued that Alexander kept his relationship with Jodi Arias secret because he was a sexual deviant who saw her as his "dirty little secret" and that his abusive behavior led Arias to fear for her life.
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Defense attorneys point to Jodi Arias' secret relationship with Alexander as proof that he was a domineering, controlling and abusive person. The defense team entered as evidence a series of graphic text message and photos, including pictures of Alexander's penis that he took himself, to provide a contrast to his more public persona as a chaste Mormon elder. In the Mormon faith, sex outside marriage is taboo, a factor that the defense team argues influenced him to keep his sexual relationship with Jodi Arias secret.
The defense team also questioned Alexander's friend Daniel Freeman, who provided personal details on the relationship between the two as well as insight into Alexander's Mormon social circle. Freeman described how he took a trip with his sister, Alexander, and Arias, and how Alexander had asked him to come along so that he and Arias did not act inappropriately.
"I don't know that I can say he didn't want to be alone with her, but he liked that when I was there, and my sister was there. They weren't as physical," Freeman said.
He also admitted that he did not know that Alexander was keeping his sexual relationship with Jodi Arias secret, saying that Alexander never told any of his friends about it. He said that a sexual relationship would have tainted Arias' baptism into the Mormon church, and if elders had known about it, there would have been repercussions for both Alexander and Arias.
"They would not be worthy of performing that ordinance at that time until they had gone through repentance," Freeman said. "They would go to a discipline council and could face excommunication or a probation period or have their priesthood removed."
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