1. CHILLING TESTIMONY

    Jodi Arias Victim’s Family Speaks

    Jodi Arias cries as she listens to Steven Alexander, brother of murder victim Travis Alexander, makes his "victim impact statement" to the jury on Thursday, May 16, 2013, during the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.  Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)

    Arias during "victim impact statement" on May 16 in Phoenix. (Pool photo by Rob Schumacher)

    Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has already made clear that she’d prefer the death penalty over life in prison for the death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. But before the jury could determine Arias’s fate, they had to hear from a few more witnesses—including the victim's family. In a Phoenix courtroom, Thursday, Alexander’s brother, Steven, told the jury of all the problems he’s experienced since Travis was killed—including violent nightmares in which he, his wife, and his daughter are chased by someone wielding a knife. In the dream, he then sees his dead brother’s body “curled up on a shower, thrown in there, left to rot for days, all alone.” Steven’s emotional testimony, plus that of his sister, made a visible impact on the jury, who will listen to more witnesses, including Arias herself and another ex-boyfriend on Monday. Prosecutor Juan Martinez insisted, in his opening statements Thursday, that because of the brutality of the murder in question, “the only appropriate sentence ... is death.”

    Brother has nightmares of seeing Travis’s dead body.
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