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Final Jeopardy

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From more than 200 questions posed by jurors over two days in March during the trial of Jodi Arias. Arias, who stands accused of the 2008 murder of her former lover Travis Alexander, first told police that she was driving to see a love interest, Ryan Burns, in Utah on the night of the murder, then later claimed she killed Alexander in self-defense during an argument over a dropped camera that ensued while she was photographing him in the shower. Arias faces the death penalty. Arizona is one of three states that require judges to allow jurors to question witnesses in criminal trials.

You testified Travis gave you the Book of Mormon at Starbucks. Did you read it thoroughly, and, if so, when?

Why were the laws of attraction so important to follow but the law of chastity was not?

Why would you continue to stay with someone who had sex with you while you were sleeping?

You mentioned an earlier failed attempt at using rope during a sexual encounter. Can you tell us what happened the day this occurred and how Travis handled the failure?

If you didn’t want to be tied up to a tree, why would you go and look for a place where he could do that?

What is your understanding of the word “skank”?

You initially testified that sex was a way for Travis to relieve stress, then said it was a way to relieve anger. Which is it?

How do you know that?

Do you feel the guys in your life cheated on you because you were controlling?

Travis stated during the phone-sex conversation he did not like Spider-Man. Why did he buy you Spider-Man underwear if he did not like that character?

Did you call any men you did not have a romantic interest in “hotty biscotti” in text messages, emails, or instant messages?

Would you classify your relationship with Travis as a “love/hate” relationship?

If Travis lunged at you, why didn’t you just move to the side out of his way??

You remember dropping the knife and screaming but don’t remember taking the gun or rope with you. Is that correct??

You claimed that everything happened so fast and you didn’t have time to think, so how could you think of grabbing the gun from the closet??

How can you say you don’t have memory issues if you can’t remember how you stabbed him so many times and slashed his throat?

Were you “in the fog” when you were kissing Ryan?

When did you realize that you had memory loss? The approximate date.

If you were driving to a place you’d never been before, meaning Utah, why wouldn’t you map out different towns that had gas stations and rest stops?

How do you determine when you will tell the truth and when you will not tell the truth? What are the determining factors?

Were you mad at Travis while you were stabbing him?

Why did you send his grandmother flowers?

What is your relationship with your mother like?

Were you paid for the interview with Inside Edition??

You say you waited two years to tell the truth because you were ashamed. Does that mean you are no longer ashamed?

Would you agree that you came away from the June 4 incident rather unscathed, while Travis suffered a gunshot and multiple stab wounds?

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