Jodi Arias Photos: Different Side of a Murder Suspect

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Looking at Jodi Arias photos, you'd never expect she were being tried for killing someone, but she very much is; her sensational murder trial is now underway.

In what is expected to be one of the most watched trials since Casey Anthony's, Arias is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in cold blood.

Jodi Arias, Travis Alexander

The now-32-year-old looks more like an aspiring model than a murderer in photos posted on her MySpace page, but prosecutors say she's anything but innocent.

Jodi Arias allegedly shot motivational speaker Travis Alexander in the face and then stabbed him 27 times, slitting his throat from ear to ear in June 2008.

Prosecutors want to make her the fourth woman on Arizona's death row.

In other photos from a happier time, Arias and Alexander, who met at a conference in Las Vegas in September 2006, certainly seemed happy.

Arias says they fell in love, traveled the country together, and to strengthen her ties to the devout Mormon, she even converted to his religion.

During their passionate, long distance relationship between Yreka, Calif., and Mesa, Arizona, they spoke everyday and exchanged 82,000 e-mails.

But Alexander's friends say after dating a few months, he tried to break it off, and she followed the object of her affection to his hometown, even after they split.

When Alexander's roommates found his body they suspected his lover, gave a 911 operator Jodi's name and said she'd been "bothering" him and slashed his tires.

"If he talked about another girl or  looked at another girl… she just had this evil smirk. You could just tell she was the type of person that could smile while she slit your throat," said close pal Dave Hall.

"Pardon the pun there, in light of what's going on."

"She might be eye candy on the outside. But I just thought, her personality is not very… talkative. Very quiet, she just had a vibe about her that just was really mysterious."

Arias, who has been locked up since her arrest, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Her version of events has changed multiple times.

"I didn't hurt Travis. I would never hurt Travis," Arias said in a jailhouse interview. "I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime."

At first, Arias denied being at Alexander’s house that night. Then cops found a camera in the washing machine containing pictures of the two having sex that day.

There were also photos of Alexander after he was killed. Faced with that evidence, Arias then told Inside Edition that she was there, but didn't kill him.

"I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals," she said on Inside Edition. "Who were they? I don't know. I couldn't pick them up in a police lineup."

Now, Arias admits that she did kill Alexander, but she claims that it was in self-defense, because she was sexually and physically abused during their relationship.

Steven Alexander, Travis' brother, said that he can see Arias for who she truly is.

"It makes me sick because I know her true side," he told ABC News. "I ask people to please not buy into this sweet innocent personality that she puts on."


the woman has no past? i find this strange. she's guilty but i'm conflicted about the death penalty for her or anyone. i guess i'm soft.


Considering how her story keeps changing I would suspect multiple personality disorder / demon possession in this woman.


Jodi's story is not being told. They are making Travis into a saint and Jodi is evil. Everyone is Innocent til proven Guilty.


Jodi is sweet. Travis is not who he seems to be. The defense entered emails into defense where Travis called Jodi all kinds of horrible things. Guess he is not so christian.

@ Tom Whyler

Ms. Arias has a quote on her MySpace page from Travis Alexander about the difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone being the character of the individual involved. What do you think, "will Mr. Alexander be a stepping stone for Ms. Arias?" First, she lied about being at the scene at all, then it was done by 2 intruders, now it's self-defense. It doesn't take Mr. Holmes to deduce she has now stumbled rather badly.

@ wachechu

Ms. Arias, I can't speak for my fellow Americans, but I've got a feeling they are not going to let you or anyone else get away with a capital crime like this. It was so obviously a crime of passion. A mugger or 'hitman' wouldn't have made such a mess not really knowing the person. The person who did it had such a great, overwhelming investment of emotion' that it came out as a gunshot, 27 stabbings, and a throat slash. PSYCHOPATH!