February 22, 2016
For the first time, prosecutor Juan Martinez is revealing behind-the-scenes details from the Jodi Arias murder trial.
In a new interview with Dr. Phil, Martinez – author of Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars – says three five-gallon gas cans helped him prove Jodi Arias had planned to kill ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
“She was on a short list of one,” Martinez explains of his early suspicions of Arias in the investigation. “From the very beginning when I went to the scene, I was talking to the detective and he said, ‘Well we really don’t have any suspects, but everybody keeps talking about this ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias.’
“Everyone that was there that talked about her had nothing but negative things to say about how she wouldn’t leave this guy alone,” Martinez adds.
After initially denying being involved in the death of Alexander – who was stabbed 27 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the head inside his Mesa, Arizona home in 2008 – Arias changed her story and admitted that she killed him, but claimed it was an act of self-defense.
However, Martinez says inconsistencies began to surface in her story and, soon, the evidence began to contradict Arias’ claim. Of note, Martinez says he learned that Arias had borrowed two gas cans a month before travelling to Arizona, where she eventually killed Alexander.