Stephen Alexander described the emotional and physical pain he has felt since Travis was killed including ulcers, depression, nightmares and the separation from his wife.
With an expression of sadness and disgust, he said, "I don't want these nightmares anymore. I don't want to have to see my brother's murderer anymore. I don't want to hear his name dragged through the mud."
Samantha Alexander fought tears throughout her statement, saying that in the 11 years she has spent as a police officer, she has never seen anything as gruesome as the pictures she saw of her murdered brother.
"Our minds are permanently stained with the images of our poor brother's throat slit from ear to ear," Samantha Alexander said. "To have Travis taken so barbarically is beyond any words we can find to express our horrific loss."
Nurmi Asks for Fairness and Mercy
Arias' attorney Kirk Nurmi delivered his opening statement saying that the jury would hear about Arias' clean criminal record, listen to two of her friends describe who she was before she met Travis Alexander, listen to how she tried to better herself in life and see some of her artwork.
"This isn't about excuses or justification, but fairness and mercy come into play in your moral assessment of what the right thing to do is." said Nurmi to the jury.
He also said that the jury would hear from Jodi Arias, "in a different way- not about what happened, but about who she is."
Nurmi also reminded the jury that if their decision, be it life or death, was unanimous that it is a "binding sentence" that the judge will abide by, however if it is not unanimous the decision is then left up to the judge.
Throughout the day Arias looked disheveled and distraught and appeared to cry during the Alexander's statements.
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