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Where and/or how did Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias meet?
They were introduced by David Hughes at a Prepaid Legal Sales Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2007.
Why did Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias break up?
They broke up after Jodi read text messages found in Travis' phone from another female he had been cheating on her with.
Other Relationship Information about Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias:
Alexander's friends discovered his dead body in a shower of his home. He had been shot in the face, his throat was slit from ear to ear, and he had been stabbed 29 times (the original report indicated 27 stab wounds). Maricopa County Medical Examiner, Dr. Kevin Horn, testified that Alexander's jugular vein, common carotid artery, and windpipe had been slashed. Alexander's hands also had defensive wounds. Dr. Horn further testified that Alexander "may have" been deceased at the time the gunshot was inflicted. Alexander's death was ruled a homicide. Arias changed her account of her whereabouts three times. She originally told police that she had not been in the home at the time of Alexander's death. She later told police that two intruders had broken into Alexander's home and that they murdered him and attacked her. Finally, she stated that she killed Alexander in self-defense and was a victim of domestic violence.
Alexander had scheduled a trip to Cancun, Mexico with Marie (Mimi) Hall and others from Prepaid Legal Services. He had also missed an important conference call on the night of June 4, 2008 at 7pm. After Mimi and others could not reach Alexander, they went to his home to check on his welfare on June 9, 2008. His roommates indicated that he was out of town. After some searching, they located a key to Alexander's master bedroom. Upon entry, they noticed large pools of blood at the hallway leading to the master bathroom, where his body was discovered in the shower. He had been shot and repeatedly stabbed. The 9-1-1 call notifying authorities of the discovery made mention of an ex-girlfriend that Alexander had told friends was stalking him, hacking into his Facebook account, and slashing tires. Arias and many of Alexander's friends voluntarily gave fingerprint and DNA samples to Mesa Police. Arias also began calling the detective assigned to the case, Esteban Flores, inquiring about details and offering assistance. She claimed that she had no knowledge of the crime and that she had last seen Alexander in April 2008.
Prior to the discovery of his remains, Arias continued to call and leave multiple voicemails for Alexander. It has been alleged (and she later admitted on the witness stand during trial) that she also accessed Alexander's voicemail messages after his death. She stated that Travis was to visit her in May 2008 but that plans changed. A white Ford Focus was rented by Arias in Redding, California on June 2, 2008, some 100 miles south of her residence. She advised Budget Rent a Car staff that the rental was for local use only. The vehicle was returned on June 7, 2008 after being driven approximately 2,800 miles, missing floor mats, and "kool-aid" looking stains on the front and rear seats. The vehicle had been cleaned before police could examine it.
Several days before the trip Arias repeatedly contacted her ex-boyfriend, Darryl Brewer, asking to borrow gas cans for a trip to Arizona without explanation. The cans were not returned to Brewer. Receipts presented at trial also show Arias purchased two 5 gallon gas cans, sunblock, and facial cleansers from Walmart in Salinas, California on June 3, 2008. She then made multiple gasoline purchases with her MasterCard, totaling 20 gallons in Pasadena, California the same evening. The MasterCard was not used again until June 6, 2008, in Sparks, Nevada. Her trip was to head south to photograph a friend's child and then to Utah to spend time with her new love interest, Ryan Burns. Arias has alleged that Alexander called her in the early hours of June 4 and persuaded her to go see him in Arizona. Her arrival at his home was approximately 4 AM on June 4, 2008.
A spent .25 caliber round was located near one of the sinks in the master bath. Alexander's heavily damaged digital camera was located in the downstairs washing machine. The camera was new. Detective Flores, via phone interview with Arias, asked her if she knew a possible motive for why someone would want to damage Alexander's camera. Although images had been deleted, Mesa Police were able to recover the images. The recovered images included Arias and Alexander, both in sexually suggestive poses, at approximately 1:40 p.m. on June 4, 2008. In the photos, she is brunette and wearing pigtails. The last photo of Alexander alive, and in the shower, was taken at 5:29:20 p.m. on June 4, 2008. Moments later, images appear of an individual, believed to be Alexander, "profusely bleeding" on the floor. The attack on Alexander began at approximately 5:30 PM on June 4, 2008.
A bloody palm print was located on the bathroom hallway, which DNA revealed to be a mixture of Arias' and Alexander's DNA. Arias continued to insist that she had last seen Alexander in April 2008 despite being presented with DNA and photographic evidence by Detective Esteban Flores. On May 28, 2008, an "odd" burglary occurred at the residence of Arias' grandparents, with whom she was living, in Yreka, California. One object, each worth very little, was taken from every room of the home while cash and other valuable items were not taken. Arias' grandparents had guns in the home, which Arias denied knowing the existence of. Four firearms were in a gun cabinet, but only a .25 caliber gun (same caliber as the firearm used to shoot Alexander) was taken. The whereabouts of the gun and knife used in the crime are unknown. They were not recovered at the scene.
Ryan Burns and others who met up with Arias in Utah, after the killing, indicated she had bandages on her hands and that she wore long sleeves on days it was very hot. She told different stories about how she received the cuts to her hands. Burns was told they were from an injury while working at Margaritaville. At trial, it was revealed by Siskiyou County, California, authorities that no such restaurant exists, nor ever existed in the area. At the time of the killing, she worked at Casa Ramos in Yreka. When she arrived in Utah on June 5, 2008, Arias had dyed her hair blonde.
Arias arrived approximately 24 hours late of her intended date with Burns. She explained this by telling Burns she had gotten lost. Later, she told Detective Esteban Flores that she had gotten lost but had also been out of touch because her cell phone battery had died, she lost her charger, purchased another charger, and finally that she'd found the missing charger under her seat. There are no cell phone or credit card receipts placing her in Arizona around the time of the killing. While driving to a meeting with Burns, West Jordan, Utah Police Officer, Michael Galieti, pulled Arias over on June 5, 2008, in the rented vehicle. The front license plate was missing and the rear plate was upside down. Arias attributed this to some kids at a rest stop playing a trick on her. Burns helped Arias fix the license plate and Officer Galieti did not cite her for the infraction.
Arias was indicted by a grand jury on a first-degree murder charge on July 9, 2008, and arrested at her grandparents' home on July 15, 2008. She was extradited to Arizona on September 5, 2008, where she pled not guilty on September 11, 2008. Arias gave three different accounts of her whereabouts. She originally told police that she had not been in the home at the time of Alexander's death. She later told police that two intruders had broken into Alexander's home and that they murdered him and attacked her. Finally, she stated that she killed Alexander in self-defense and she was a victim of domestic violence. The trial against Arias began on January 2, 2013, in Maricopa County Superior Court before Judge Sherry K. Stephens. Prosecutor Juan Martinez sought the death penalty. Arias was represented by appointed counsel L. Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott. Her counsel argued that Alexander's death was a justifiable homicide committed in self-defense.
Arias took the stand on February 4, 2013. When asked about her quote given to Inside Edition that she would not be convicted, she testified, "At the time, I had plans to commit suicide. So I was extremely confident that no jury would convict me because I didn't expect any of you to be here, I planned to be dead." On February 6, Arias testified that she killed Alexander in self defense and recounted an intimate encounter with Alexander that started with kissing and ended in anal sex, describing the anal sex as painful and adding, "It was not something I expected to happen, and I can't say I wanted it to, but I didn't stop him." Arias testified for a total of 18 days, which criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos described as "unprecedented". As of March 29, 2013, 1.4 million dollars had been spent on providing public defenders for Arias. On April 3, a member of the jury was dismissed for "misconduct". The defense team asked for a mistrial, which the judge denied. On April 12, "Juror 11" was excused for health reasons, leaving the jury with eleven men and six women. A third juror was subsequently dismissed after he was arrested on a DUI offense during the course of the trial.
A defense expert diagnosed Arias with posttraumatic stress disorder, while a prosecution expert diagnosed Arias with borderline personality disorder. On May 3, 2013, closing arguments concluded and the jury began deliberations. On May 8, 2013, Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder. With this conviction, she is now eligible for the death penalty.
Classic Quotes by Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias about their relationship:
"I didn't hurt Travis. I would never hurt Travis...I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime." Jodi Arias 2008
"No jury is going to convict me...because I am innocent and you can mark my words on that. No jury is going to convict me." Jodi Arias 2008
"It was unexpected for me, yes, because there was no premeditation on my part...prefer to die sooner than later, death is the ultimate freedom. The worst outcome for me would be natural life (in prison). I would much rather die sooner rather than later. I said years ago I'd rather get death than life. I believe death is the ultimate freedom." Jodi Arias 5/8/2013