Travis Alexander believed Jodi Arias slashed his tires after he dumped her, and predicted she might be capable of much worse, a new report says.
Dr. Karl Hiatt, a friend of Travis, whose former lover is on trial for his murder, told HLN that Travis feared for his life after Jodi allegedly attacked his car.
“Travis came over to our house every week, we had family dinners and we would always ask him, how’s his love life, who’s he dating," he recalled.
"And recently, at that time, he had decided to leave Jodi and explained that the next day he was going to leave in his car and his tires were slashed."
“And the Sunday after that, he told us about it, and said, ‘Don’t be surprised if one of these Sundays, I don’t show up and you find me dead someplace.’"
“We all thought, wow, she really must be mad. He said, ‘I’m serious.’ We said, ‘we got it’."
However, even after the tire-slashing incident, Dr. Hiatt didn’t tell him to call the police.
The doctor said he had met Jodi Arias once, didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, and never imagined she’d kill him or be capable of serious violence.
Dr. Hiatt, who practices in Mesa, Ariz. and has six children with his wife, said Travis, a Mormon, was trying to change his ways and be a better person.
He realized then that “Jodi wasn’t a part of that transition.”
But it wasn’t easy to part ways with Arias, and now, Dr. Hiatt realizes, “looking back, he really did have some fear in trying to depart from her.”
Alexander wrote, not long before his death, that he feared dating an axe murderer. Arias is accused of stabbing the motivational speaker 27 times.
She claims self-defense and a history of emotional and physical abuse, and has pleaded not guilty; Alexander was also shot, and his throat slit.