PHOENIX, AZ – A twisted trial is playing out in a Phoenix courtroom.
Jodi Arias says she killed her lover, Travis Alexander, back in 2008.
The 32-year-old is claiming self-defense and depicting Alexander as sex-crazed and abusive to jurors.
Prosecutors say Arias actually murdered Alexander in a jealous rage. He was found shot in the head and stabbed 27 times.
This is what was said in testimony Monday:
Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi: “You’re still engaging in sexual activity with him while you’re waiting for this right moment, right?”
Arias: “Yes, on occasion.”
Nurmi: “Why was that okay with you?”
Arias: “Well sometimes when we did those things it made me feel loved, depending on how he acted during the incident.”
Here’s where the story gets really weird: Although testimony so far has been centered on the couple’s sexually-driven relationship, Alexander was a Mormon and had convinced Arias to become a member of the church.
In week two of testimony, pieces aren’t yet coming together. Arias faces the death penalty if convicted, but neither prosecutors nor the defense are facing an easy trial.