Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars Hardcover – Feb 16 2016
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From the Back Cover
Prosecutor Juan Martinez takes you inside the case that captivated a nation
Over the course of five years, America watched as Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez relentlessly battled to convict Jodi Arias for the vicious murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The salacious case wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit rocked the nation as the prosecution exposed shocking evidence of how Arias planned and executed the crime, building an irrefutable case that would result in a guilty verdict and a controversial life sentence.
Now, speaking openly for the first time, Martinez shares the inside story of his tireless work to put Jodi Ann Arias behind bars. Beginning in the hours immediately following the discovery of Travis’ body, Conviction examines every aspect of Martinez’ case, showing how over the course of five years his prosecution came together one piece at a time, and revealing how, almost from the very start, it seemed Arias believed she could get away with murder.
Going inside the case files, Martinez chronicles the truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias—a killer who played the victim with incredible skill, but was capable of unspeakable violence. Shedding light on the never-before-told story behind the most damning piece of evidence against Arias—the gas cans—Martinez recounts how he learned of their existence as well as the lengths he went to in order to ensure that they remained a secret from the public until precisely the right time.
Addressing his critics and supporters alike, Martinez also details his approach during the trial, describing how his much-criticized cross-examination of Arias was actually a highly deliberate and carefully crafted strategy designed to keep a deceitful woman from becoming too comfortable on the witness stand.
Complete with never-before-publicized evidence from the case and sixteen pages of photos, Conviction is the definitive account of the case that shocked America.
I couldn’t help but think Travis must have suffered greatly. I’d seen a lot of crime scenes since I’d joined the homicide unit, and this one spoke to an overkill. This murder seemed so methodical that I didn’t think it was a crime of passion. It seemed less angry and more purposeful. Only later would I find out just how goal-oriented the murderer had truly been; as it turned out, Travis had been killed three times over . . .
My eyes moved slowly around the bathroom one more time. I knew that it would be memorialized in photos and diagrams and that the whole room would be cataloged and measured. I would revisit this disturbing locale many times in the future through the photographs taken and the reports yet to be written, but I wanted to preserve as much as I could in my mind, so that wherever the investigation led I wouldn’t forget the bloody scene now in front of me.
About the Author
Juan Martinez began working for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in 1988. In his twenty-seven-year career with the office, he has spent nineteen years prosecuting homicide cases. Some of his most noteworthy cases include Arizona v. Wendi Andriano, who was convicted of first-degree murder and was the first woman sentenced to death by a jury in Arizona; Arizona v. Scott Falater, which was noted for the use of sleepwalking as a defense to the murder of his wife; Arizona v. Loren Wade, in which an Arizona State University football player was convicted of the shooting murder of an ex-ASU football player; and Arizona v. Rick Wayne Valentini, which resulted in a conviction for murder even though the victim’s body was never found.
From the Publisher
Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars
Travis Alexander's bedroom
The view upon entering Travis' bedroom during Juan Martinez's walk-through on June 10, 2008, with the bed stripped of its sheets and comforter.
Travis' camera in the washing machine
Police found Travis' Sanyo camera amid wet laundry in the washing machine on the first floor.
Jodi Arias' bedroom
Police found an Airwalk shoebox filled with receipts from her trip to Arizona in Arias' Pine Street apartment. The box included gas receipts and a receipt from the Walmart store in Salinas, California, where Arias bought a third gas can.
Juan Martinez Discusses the Jodi Arias Case
Q: In Conviction, your new book, you reveal that you were on the scene of the crime the same day that Travis Alexander's body was discovered. What was your initial theory of the crime based on what you saw that day?
Juan Martinez: The crime scene spoke to an over-kill. Travis Alexander had been fatally stabbed in the chest, his throat had been slit, and he had been shot in the temple. The scene also pointed to a struggle. Travis' blood was shed throughout the bathroom floor and on the sink, and streaked the walls of the hallway that lead to the master bedroom. This extreme violence was indicative of planning by whoever had brought both a knife and a gun to end Travis' life. It showed that the killer was someone who probably knew Travis and had a score to settle.
Q: What was the most damning piece of evidence uncovered during the investigation?
Juan Martinez: Jodi Ann Arias made the mistake of leaving Travis' camera behind after putting it in the washing machine and running the wash cycle. The deleted photographs that were recovered from the memory card of that camera proved that, contrary to her protestations, Arias was the killer because she was with him only minutes before one of the inadvertent photographs was snapped showing Travis face up in the bathroom hallway floor as blood streams from his throat.
Q: At what point did you start looking at Jodi Arias as your main suspect?
Juan Martinez: Jodi Arias was considered the only viable suspect from the first day of the investigation. Travis was well liked and his life was free of conflict, except for the problems with Arias. Friends of Travis were interviewed at the scene and they were quick to point out that she was clingy and was as a stalker.
Q: Jodi was notoriously combative during the trial, which you cover in detail in Conviction. What was your strategy with her during the trial?
Juan Martinez: I was criticized during my cross-examination of Jodi Ann Arias for utilizing an approach that was described as strident and harsh. But I had seen in her interview with Detective Esteban Flores after her arrest and during the direct examination in court that Arias would manipulate the truth if she was allowed to control the questioning. My strategy was to wrest control by directing the questioning in a firm manner rather than allowing her the chance to revise her story yet again.
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Fascinating insight into how Martinez planned & strategized for the trial of pathological liar & murderer Jodi Arias.
Most recent customer reviews
Wondrful read as I am ready to read again. Thank You Jaun Martinez for the job you did on convicting Jodi Arius. Just like the book it was fascinating.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book - love Juan Martinez and appreciate his look at the trialPublished 3 months ago by Luciful
Not as good as I thought it would be but it explained a lot of why Juan presented his case the way he did. Very insightful. Great read. Would highly recommend.Published 3 months ago by Lori
Couldn't wait to receive this book and it definitely didn't disappoint! Juan Martinez is an amazing prosecutor and author! Will definitely like to read more books on his cases!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
having missed the first part of the trial, this book filled many spaces in the horrendous tale of the killing of Travis Alexander by Jodi Arias. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Limey