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Jodi Arias Jurors Have 'Probably 100 Questions' For Defendant

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Jodi Arias in court Tuesday during re-direct by the defense. (Photo via Pool Camera)
Jodi Arias in court Tuesday during re-direct by the defense. (Photo via Pool Camera)

Jurors in Jodi Arias' murder trial have submitted about 100 questions they want put to the accused killer on their behalf, the judge said Tuesday.

"I just received some additional questions from the jurors," Judge Sherry Stephens said in court as the questioning of Arias by her defense lawyers and the prosecutor finished. "It looks like we have probably a hundred questions."

Arizona is one of three states that allow jurors to pose questions to witnesses after prosecution and defense lawyers have finished their questioning. Arias' attorney, Kurt Nurmi, wrapped up his redirect examination of Arias Tuesday, giving the 12 jurors and six alternates -- seven women and 11 men –- their first opportunity to put questions to the defendant.

Stephens instructed defense lawyers to be prepared to begin reviewing jurors' questions Wednesday morning. "My concern is you believe you need a substantial amount of time to review these," Stephens told Nurmi and co-counsel Jennifer Willmott.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez said he will also be in court early to discuss testimony from victim Travis Alexander's next of kin.

Arias, 32, is accused of the June 4, 2008, slaying of Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., apartment. She faces the death penalty if convicted. The prosecution contends Arias stabbed Alexander 27 times, shot him twice in the face and slashed his throat in a jealous rage. Arias told jurors she killed Alexander in self-defense during an argument over a dropped camera that followed his escalating sexual demands.

Nurmi, wrapping up his questioning of Arias on Tuesday after two lengthy days, went into great detail about Arias' sex life with Alexander -- a persistent defense theme. The lawyer's questions dwelled on anal sex, including Arias' introduction of K-Y personal lubricant to Alexander.

"There were several reasons," Arias said. "The main reason being that some of the activities that he wanted to do were painful without it and he was not willing to go to the store and buy it."

"Anal sex was not a passion of yours, is that correct?" Nurmi asked.

"It had never been a regular part of" my sex life, Arias replied.

Nurmi also touched on Arias' inability to remember answers to some prosecution questions, which the defense lawyer called a "condition."

"The events of June 4, 2008 -- Do you want to remember those?" Nurmi asked Arias.

"There is a part of me that does not want to remember it ... [but] I feel like I am the person who deserves to sit with those memories that I don't have right now," Arias replied.

The trial is scheduled to resume at about 3 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, when jurors' questions will be presented to Arias.

TUESDAY'S LIVE BLOG:

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The judge has called the evening recess.

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The defense has ended redirect.

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"I wanted to be dead," Arias said, regarding her feelings after Alexander's death.

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"Was there a secret life going on behind those doors," Nurmi asked in regard to Alexander's bedroom.

"Yes," Arias replied.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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"What was the benifit of you lying to all these people [about your involvement in Alexander's murder]," Nurmi asked.

"I just didn't want people do know that I could have done something like that," Arias said. "I considered myself a nice person and I could not believe that had happened."

Arias added, "I didn't want certain details of our sex life [to be known] ... and I didn't want anyone to know about the violence."

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In regard to creating an alibi, Arias she was worried about the repercussions of Alexander's death.

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"Do you remember grabbing the gun," Nurmi asked.

"I don’t remember grabbing the gun," Arias replied.

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Arias said she did not plan to kill Alexander on June 4, 2008.

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Arias is using a diagram of Alexander's home to show the path she took to the closet.

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Arias said she thinks the gun was in a holster.

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Arias is talking again about how she ran into Alexander's closet after he allegedly body-slammed her.

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Arias said things happened very fast after she dropped the camera.

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Arias is explaining where she was standing when Alexander allegedly tackled her.

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Arias said she was squatting when she dropped the camera.

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Arias is showing Nurmi on a diagram where she was in Alexander's bathroom when she dropped his camera.

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Nurmi is questioning Arias about the shower photos. He is attempting to show Alexander was a willing participant in the photo shoot.

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Nurmi showed Arias a photo of Alexander in the shower and she said she was not aware he had shaved that day.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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"The events of June 4 2008 -- Do u want to remember those," Nurmi asked Arias.

"There is a part of me that does not want to remember it ... [but] I feel like I am the person who deserves to sit with those memories that I don't have right now," Arias replied.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Arias said she does not remember stabbing Alexander or slashing his throat. Although she does not remember, Arias said it is a logical assumption that she did it.

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Arias is back on the stand.

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The judge has called recess. The live blog with resume when court goes back in session at 5:10 p.m. ET.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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