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Arias trial: Investigators describe bloody crime scene

Posted: Updated: Jan 8, 2013 09:20 PM
PHOENIX -

It's a trial that has captivated the nation. A beautiful woman charged with brutally stabbing and shooting her ex-boyfriend to death.

Tuesday, in the third day of trial, 32-year-old Jodi Arias broke down in court as more evidence was revealed.

Police say she stabbed Travis Alexander 29 times, slit his throat from ear to ear and shot him in the head. Jodi Arias denied any involved at first but finally admitted what she did was done in self-defense.

Investigators with the Mesa Police Department and Maricopa County took the stand Tuesday.

Prosecutors wasted no time getting to the point, displaying grisly photos of a bloody crime scene, pointing out handprints, hair, even footprints, found by police in the Mesa home where Travis Alexander was found dead in 2008.

"That is red staining on the tile floor in the bathroom," testified Heather Conner of Mesa Police.

As a crime scene investigator for the Mesa Police Department, Heather Conner described the evidence found in the victim's master bathroom. 32-year-old Jodi Arias looked visibly shaken, covering her face.

Family members who sat behind her did not look up at the photos during testimony.

"There's an injury to the thumb which I don't think is clearly visible in the photo," said Dr. Kevin Horn, medical examiner.

Maricopa County Medical Examiner Dr. Kevin Horn explained wounds he found during the autopsy on Travis Alexander's hands and feet.

Arias' defense team is hoping to prove that her client was the victim -- that Alexander was a sexually violent individual.

"Assuming though that Mr. Alexander was alive at the time that the gunshot wound is done, so the heart is still pumping in that situation, you would agree that there would be lots of blood coming from the gunshot wound?" asked defense attorney Jennifer Willmott of the medical examiner.

While both the prosecution and defense questioned the medical examiner about the victim's wounds, the prosecution also plans to question him about whether Arias shot Alexander after he was already dead -- a fact that could determine whether or not she gets the death penalty.

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