In surprise move, woman charged in lover's slaying in Arizona testifies in murder trial - InfoNews

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In surprise move, woman charged in lover's slaying in Arizona testifies in murder trial

Defendant Jodi Arias stands while the jury enters the courtroom in her murder trial in Judge Sherry Stephens' Superior Court, on Monday, Feb 4, 2013. Arias stands trial accused of murdering her lover, Travis Alexander, in his Mesa home in 2008. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle)
February 05, 2013 - 1:14 AM

PHOENIX - A woman charged in the stabbing and shooting death of her lover is set to continue testifying at her Phoenix murder trial.

Jodi Arias first took the stand Monday in a case that has been peppered with lurid stories of sex, lies, betrayal and violence.

The 32-year-old could face the death penalty if convicted.

She is set to continue testifying Tuesday after telling jurors how she endured an abusive childhood at the hands of her parents and planned to commit suicide after she killed her on-again, off-again boyfriend.

Arias claims she killed Travis Alexander in self-defence in June 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home.

Prosecutors say she stabbed and slashed him nearly 30 times, slit his throat and shot him in the head in a fit of jealous rage.

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