The man, identified by the news network as Bryan Carr, said he has been visiting Arias behind bars for more than a year. He said the couple met through a mutual friend prior to her arrest and connected on Facebook.
Carr told Azcentral.com that Arias is not the person she is portrayed to be by the media.
“She’s not that person at all. She’s the nicest girl you’ll ever meet,” Carr told the news network in an exclusive interview.
Carr said he reached out to Arias after she was incarcerated because his sister had been in an abusive relationship. Since the start of Arias’ trial, Carr said he has been attendance to support her.
Arias, a 32-year-old photographer, is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat from ear to ear in the shower of his Mesa, Ariz., apartment on June 4, 2008. The defense team has attempted to portray Arias as a victim of domestic violence. Arias testified on Monday that Alexander “attacked me and I defended myself.” Prosecutors allege she was a jealous and vengeful ex.
Late last month, HLN’s Nancy Grace reported a source inside the jail where Arias is being held told her Arias has a girlfriend behind bars. Carr did not detail the nature of his relationship with Arias, so it remains unclear if they are just friends or are romantically involved.
Carr did however, say he has spoken to Arias since the start of her trial and she has indicated the explicit sexual details that have been revealed in court are taking a toll on her.
“She did admit it’s very embarrassing for her — the sexual part of it,” Carr told Azcentral.com.
Arias’ case is full of violence, sex, betrayal and lies dating back to 2008. Much of the murder suspect’s sex life has been revealed in court during the last few weeks.
Carr said Arias spends much of her time behind bars working on her artwork. Arias’ artwork, and the sale of it on eBay, was recently featured in an article by HuffPost. At that time, the eBay sales had raked in more than $1,000 in winning bids. Bids on some of the items have since skyrocketed.
According to the auction listings, “All profits go towards Jodi’s family traveling expenses to the trial, other fees, and of course money for Jodi so she can eat better food than what they serve in jail.”
Aside from preoccupying herself with her artwork, Carr told Azcentral.com that Arias has been receiving a lot of hate mail from the outside.
“I wish everyone could meet Jodi because they would have a different outlook on her,” Carr said.
Arias’ trial is expected to last until mid-April. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.