Arias defense accuses prosecution team of misconduct - New York News

Arias defense accuses prosecution team of misconduct

Posted: Updated:
Searcy (left), Hughes (right) Searcy (left), Hughes (right)
PHOENIX -

As the defense gets ready to present its case in the Jodi Arias murder trial, attorneys are arguing over whether the prosecution is guilty of misconduct.

It's a pretty serious accusation, and Monday in court, the exchanges got heated.

The defense is trying to claim that a witness had improper contact with the prosecutor's office, but as you will see, the prosecution quickly fired back. With the jury not in courtroom, attorneys went at it.

The defense called Gus Searcy, who owns a company Arias and the victim, Travis Alexander, once worked for.

Searcy claims to have gotten a text message and eventually talked to Chris Hughes, a friend of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, who knew he may be testifying for the defense in the trail.

"'Heard you were on Jodi's witness list, any idea why?'" testified Searcy. "He said something to the effect. He was working with the prosecution and he was talking to them and he was watching TV... I was pretty surprised cause I had no idea what was going on."

Prosecutor Juan Martinez questioned the Searcy's motive for getting involved.

Martinez: "Isn't it your reputation that you want to make yourself the center of attention?"

Searcy: "Where do you get that from?"

Martinez: "I am asking you a question sir, you don't get to ask me questions."

Searcy: "No."

Martinez: "Isn't it true that you want to use this situation so that the limelight can be focused on you?"

Searcy: "No."

In a surprise move, Martinez called the man who sent the text message, Chris Hughes. He denied talking with the prosecution.

Martinez: "Prior to yesterday when was the last day that you spoke to the prosecutor?"

Hughes: "Years ago."

Martinez: "How many years ago?"

Hughes: "3 years ago."

On the stand, Hughes did say what Searcy told him during their phone call.

"'I have got information that will either hurt her or help her and it just depends,'" testified Hughes.

Just last week, the judge denied a defense request for mistrial. It's still not clear exactly what the defense is accusing the prosecution of doing here.

Attorneys will be back at it on Tuesday.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices