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Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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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.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
It was amazing to read how Martinez was able to pull off a couple of true "Perry Mason" moments during the trial. He shares how he came across the infamous gas can evidence in the form of a collection of receipts in a shoebox in Arias' room at her grandparent's home in Yreka, California. Arias had made sure she "had the gas receipts" to prove she was “nowhere near” Mesa, Arizona and the murder. However, Martinez famously produced the gas receipts from California and Salt Lake City with the accompanying bank records proving that she had 3 gas cans.. And having 3 gas cans was indicative of premeditation—therefore knocking self-defense off the table.
He sheds light on the so-called “pedophile letters” that were discussed in a hearing but never admitted as evidence in the trial. The utter unprofessionalism and dishonesty that most people observed by the Arias defense team during the trial was proven to be accurate when Martinez discloses that Nurmi , a female defense attorney and an investigator showed up unannounced (and unidentified as Arias’ defense team) to Deanna Reid’s home purporting to be people “involved in the case” who wanted to ask some questions about Travis “off the record.” The female defense attorney tried to be “chummy” with Deanna and produced one of the forged “pedophile letters’ for her to read which also contained unflattering things about Deanna.Read more ›
So far the book is compelling. Even though I watched both Trials...reading the written word...the book allows me to absorb all the twists and turns.
The book is very well written...easy to understand...and I am very happy to have bought it and have it in my possession.
7 years....and yet Mr Martinez lost none of his vim and vigor:) I am so happy that he has this conviction to show for it.
He does no bravado...no blaming...yet his sincerity shines. His Dedication.
I know this. If ever contemplating committing a crime...I would NEVER commit it near where Mr Juan Martinez is the Prosecutor...I would be doomed. (smile)....He's that good. Ms Arias should have heeded the great Detective Flores' advice to her in the interrogation. She should have changed her attitude...her stupid lies...and confessed and begged for forgiveness. Det Flores warned her what a good Prosecutor Mr Martinez is. But the arrogant.(without reason to be arrogant) waitress...not even finishing High School..knew better. And look where she'll be spending the rest of her days. No one deserves to be in that dank cell more than her. THANK YOU MR JUANDERFUL!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderfully detailed book on the Murder of Travis Alexander by his former girlfriend, Jodi Arias. After watching the trial daily, I was mesmerized by the perfection of the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Barbara
Wonderful book!! She deserved the death penalty. But life with no parole is better than nothing. I think they should wallpaper her cell with the crime photos. Read morePublished 5 days ago by james
Excellent book!! I went to the beach this past week and could NOT put this book down! It was very detailed and direct. I watched a lot of the trial and seen many interviews. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tia White
As someone who followed this case from day one and really admired Juan Martinez I wanted to give this five stars but there really wasn't much of his personal insight or new... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amy Rafael
Love me some Juan Martinez! Very well written account of the trial from his point of view. Write more, Juan!!!!!!Published 6 days ago by Judik425
I loved this book!! It was nice to hear about what went on behind the prosecution. Told by Juan Martinez, gave me a lot of insight as to what goes on to prepare for such a public... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lillie Mrozinski
Very well written, and because of that it is interesting. Learned a lot about courtroom strategy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the courtroom process,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Weehopper
I absolutely believe this book was one of the best books I have ever read. Jan Martinez did an outstanding job to say the least. Mr. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Charlena Rauch