(Source: CBS 5 News) Julie Christopher says she and her colleagues may have been the last people to see Alexander with Jodi Arias before his death in June of 2008.
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One of Travis Alexander's former co-workers told CBS 5 News she and her colleagues may have been the last people to see Alexander with Jodi Arias before his death in June of 2008.
Julie Christopher worked for Pre-Paid Legal Services, now LegalShield, in 2008. Alexander and Arias also worked for that company.
Christopher is not on the state's witness list in the Arias case. Nor, she said, was she ever interviewed by Mesa police or Maricopa County prosecutors working the first-degree murder case.
"We should have all gone to Travis and said, 'Get rid of her,' you know?" said Christopher about Arias.
She said she had worked with Alexander for several years and came to know Arias through him.
She said Arias and Alexander never held hands together or came off as a couple. However, as someone who has spent time around him, she said she knew that they had developed a relationship. She said she never got a good vibe from Arias.
"I remember thinking, 'That girl looks like a zombie,'" Christopher said. "She was a weird person to be around."
Several weeks before Alexander's death, Christopher, Alexander and Arias attended a business conference in Tempe at the Embassy Suites hotel with close to 200 others.
After that conference, a smaller group, included Alexander, Arias and Christopher, dined at the restaurant inside the hotel.
"When she was sitting next to me at that event, she goes, 'He changed my life, he changed my life. He's so amazing,' and then she keeps on taking pictures," Christopher said. "She (Arias) was, like, totally obsessed with Travis."
Alexander had told Christopher that he had broken things off with Arias, Christopher said.
"He said, 'No, no. I'm done with her. This is not my girlfriend. This is not the kind of girlfriend I want,'" Christopher said.
Christopher said Arias told her that she knew Alexander had broken things off and had intended to move back with her grandparents in Northern California.
"I can't be in Arizona if I'm not his girlfriend," Christopher said Arias told her. "She says, 'I'm going back. I love him too much. I can't be with him just being his friend. If I'm not his girlfriend, then I can't be around him.'"
Christopher said Alexander told her he planned to bring another woman with him on an upcoming work-related getaway to Cancun, Mexico.
It was in Cancun when Christopher got word about Alexander's death, she said.
"I looked at my husband and said, 'It's Jodi.' I just knew it. But not just me. Everybody knew it," Christopher said.
Arias has admitted killing Alexander in self-defense, but has claimed she cannot remember specific details of how she did it, though she could recall minute details of the events that led up to the day Alexander died.
She spent eight days on the witness stand in her own defense before the prosecution began questioning her on Wednesday. The trial is scheduled to continue Monday.
As she watches the trial unfold, she said Arias' description of Alexander is the exact opposite of how he really was.
"The picture she is painting, it's not Travis. It's not possible," she said. "I never saw Travis mad. At any point. Never upset."
"She becomes someone else and she has all this facade. And she plays that role. This is what's so spooky. She believes her lies."
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