Mesa police detective testifies in Jodi Arias sentencing retrial

A Mesa Police detective was grilled on the witness stand, and there was a big ruling that didn't happen. Some of the highlights of today's action at the Jodi Arias trial.

Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder for murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.

The jury was deadlocked on whether she should get the death penalty or life in prison. Det. Esteban Flores took the witness stand Monday.

Arias was in court watching attentively as her defense team questioned Det. Flores.

Arias' attorney Jennifer Wilmott accuses Flores of altering the files on Travis Alexander's computer by improperly waking his computer out of sleep mode.

The defense claim Mesa Police and prosecutors mishandled computer evidence and failed to share evidence of porn on Travis's computer with Arias' defense attorneys.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez, his voice rising, asked rapid-fire questions trying to establish Detective Flores did nothing wrong and only followed standard procedure.

Hanging over this testimony is the question of whether Judge Stephens could pull the plug on the entire sentencing retrial by taking the death penalty off the table.

That's what the Arias defense team asked for last Friday. The judge promised to rule by 9:30 Monday morning but didn't.

Instead, the judge said she wanted to wait for computer witnesses to finish testifying before ruling. 

Meanwhile, we are still waiting to transcripts of Jodi Arias' secret testimony behind doors to the jury last fall. Latest word is that testimony should be made public tomorrow.

But no testimony is expected tomorrow, the trial will continue Wednesday morning.
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