June 4, 2008
Travis Alexander is murdered by his obsessive, jealous ex-girlfriend
Alexander was stabbed 27 times, his throat was slashed so violently he was almost decapitated, and he was shot in the head. His body was found five days after his murder.
A bloody handprint left at the scene, containing the DNA of Alexander and his former girlfriend Jodi Arias, tied Arias to the crime scene. Additionally, a digital camera was found in the home’s washing machine. Though damaged, the SD card contained sexually explicit images of Alexander and Arias, photos of Alexander directly before his murder (the one pictured here was the last photograph of Alexander before the attack), and a person believed to be Alexander “profusely bleeding” on the floor of the shower. All photographs were date-stamped June 4.
When Alexander’s friends heard of his murder, they immediately suspected Arias, who was reportedly obsessed with Alexander. The same friends told reporters Arias had threatened to kill herself when Alexander tried to distance himself from her; when he began dating other women, Arias slashed his tires, accessed his Facebook account, and stalked him on outings.
Initially, Arias claimed she was not in Mesa at the time of the murder, but later changed her story to state she and Alexander had been victims of a home invasion. Two years after her arrest, she changed her story again, confessing to killing Alexander in self defense, alleging Alexander had been abusive to her.
After a lengthy trial (her testimony alone stretched over 18 days), Arias was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.