Phoenix, AZ (KPNX) -- Jodi Arias began her second week on the witness stand Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court, with no end to her testimony in sight, telling tales of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Travis Alexander, the secret lover she confessed to killing in 2009.
It was another X-rated day broadcast on live TV and live-streamed on the Internet. Arias spoke in great detail. The jurors listened raptly, but it was impossible to tell how much they believed. Arias has been caught in lies before.
But the story she told was of escalating sexual fetish and incidents of battery at the hands of the man she thought she loved.
They had broken up in 2007, but they continued to be secret lovers. Arias was a frequent traveling companion of Alexander's, information borne out in photographs and e-mails and other correspondence between the two. And although they both professed to be faithful Mormons, their relationship was anything but chaste.
Arias said Alexander, 30, gave her a Valentine's Day gift of boys' Spiderman underpants, which he asked her to wear during sex. She acted out his sexual fantasies, performing oral sex on him on her front porch. He asked her to wear a French maid's costume as she cleaned his house, and she claimed that she caught him masturbating to photographs of young boys.
He was increasingly violent, she said: Once, Alexander pushed her to her knees and restrained her while he insulted her family. Another time, after she complained that she could not afford to lend him $700, he slammed her to the floor and kicked her in the ribs, she said. Each time he apologized and Arias returned because she loved him, she said.
The crowds of spectators have thinned since last week. But the Internet furor persists, especially on Twitter, where trial groupies take sides, mostly against Arias. One tweeter posted a picture that super-imposed the head of Arias' attorney, Kirk Nurmi, on a crime-scene photo of Alexander's body.
And a woman called The Arizona Republic to demand that the newspaper have Arias removed from the witness stand for lying.
Arias will be back on the stand today. But her narrative is still six months away from the moment when she killed Alexander, shooting him in the head, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat before dumping his body in the shower of his Mesa home. There is still a long recorded phone-sex tape to be played while she is on the stand, and then Prosecutor Juan Martinez, a wily courtroom tactician, will cross-examine Arias, but her attorneys will have the last word.
Arias is likely to remain on the stand into next week.