Jodi Arias, who has spent an unprecedented 18 days on the witness stand, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after killing her ex-boyfriend, and therefore can’t remember many of her actions, according to a psychologist.
Arias, 32, has admitted to killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in June of 2008 and lying for nearly two years about it, but insists she killed him in self-defense. Arias has said in a Phoenix court that she has “no memory of stabbing him and that “June 4 is an anomaly for me.”
The jury today will continue hearing from Dr. Richard Samuels, a psychologist hired by the defense, who says that even though Arias admits she shot and repeatedly stabbed Mormon businessman Alexander, she can’t remember the crime.
Travis Victor Alexander (July 28, 1977 – June 4, 2008) was an American salesman who was murdered by his ex-girlfriend, Jodi Ann Arias (born July 9, 1980), in his house in Mesa, Arizona. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8, 2013, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on April 13, 2015.
At the time of the murder, Alexander sustained 27 to 29 knife wounds and a gunshot to the head. Arias testified that she killed him in self-defense, but she was convicted by the jury. The murder and trial received widespread media attention in the United States.