UPDATE: Jodi Arias Murder Trial Reaches Last Day Of Jury Questioning: Read The Shocking Courtroom Testimony Right Here
By Staff Writer | March 08, 2013 12:48 PM EST
Thursday marked the last day of questioning from the jury toward Jodi Arias during her Arizona murder trial for the alleged 2008 killing of Travis Alexander.
Arizona is one of three states in the U.S. that allow a jury to question the witnesses.
"After all the lies you have told, why should we believe you now?" a juror asked Arias in the more than 100 questions spread over Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Huffington Post.
"Lying isn't typically something I just do," Arias shot back. "The lies I've told in this case can be tied directly back to either protecting Travis's reputation or my involvement in his death...because I was very ashamed."
Prosecutor Juan Martinez has been trying to point out what he alleges are holes in Arias's story.
"Would you decide to tell the truth if you never got arrested?" the jury wanted to know.
"I honestly don't know the answer to that question," Arias replied.
On Wednesday, Jodi Arias said she felt ashamed for killing Alexander. On Thursday, she was reportedly unable to say for certain she would have gone to the police unless they had zeroed in on her.
Alexander and Arias had a relationship that involved kinky sex, explained during the trial. The prosecution believes Arias planned the murder. The defense said it was self-defense, due to physical abuse from Arias's boyfriend.
Multiple times during the trial, Arias said she couldn't recall what happened entirely during the murder. Yet she insisted she had a good memory.
"I think that I have a good memory and June 4 [the day of the murder] is an anomaly for me," Arias replied. "Like I said yesterday, it's in a class of its own and I can't explain what kind of state of mind I was in. Most of the day was an entire blank and little pieces have come back, but not very many."
After all the questions were asked, the prosecution and defense were allowed to question Arias about the jury's questions.
Jodi Arias's lawyer Kirk Nurmi represents asked the murder suspect to once again explain her answer to one of the jury's questions.
"I understand that there will always be questions," Arias said. "If I am convicted, it is because of my bad choices in the beginning."
When Juan Martinez got his turn to question Arias, he jumped into Arias's story of buying a gas can from a Walmart, one day before the murder. Prosecution alleged her of buying the gas can, along with two cans she borrowed from an ex-boyfriend as erasing a dirt trail for cops to track where she got gas after the murder.
"Would it surprise you that Walmart does not have any record of any refund for a gas can on ... June 3, 2008?" Martinez asked.
"Yes, because I did return it and received cash," Arias replied.
Arias previously testified she cut her hand while working in a restaurant. Prosecution alleges she cleaned the cut up before fleeing toward Utah after stabbing Alexander 27 times.
"You didn't tell the manager about the way this occurred, even though it occurred on the job?" Martinez asked.
"I don't recall if it was discussed in detail or not," Arias replied.
Martinez once again dug into the memory of Arias that he has hampered on throughout the trial.
"And you're the same person that previously testified today that you have a very good memory for details right?" he asked.
Martinez: :Except for that, right? You don't remember that, right?"
Arias: "I didn't say it was perfect. I said it was good."
Martinez: "I'm not saying you said it was perfect. You yourself admitted that you have a good memory for details."
Arias: "I don't even know that I used details. I just said I think I have a good memory," Arias said. "It is because of my bad choices in the beginning."
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