Jodi Arias didn't want her boyfriend Travis Alexander to leave her, so she killed him, prosecutors say.
Alexander's roommates found his body at their Mesa home on June 9, 2008. According to authorities, Arias had shot Alexander in the face, stabbed him 27 times, and slit his throat. Jury selection in Arias' murder trial began Monday, AZfamily.com reports.
Alexander's roommates immediately suspected Arias was responsible for the murder. They reportedly gave the 911 operator Arias' name saying she had been "bothering" Alexander and had recently slashed his tires, authorities said.
Investigators described Arias as "extremely articulate" and "very well-spoken," but she reportedly gave authorities several different accounts of what happened. Initially, she claimed she had nothing to do with the murder. However, a bloody hand print on the floor and other evidence placed Arias at the scene.
She then changed her story, saying two masked intruders, a man and a woman, killed Alexander. Arias also claimed she was too scared to call the police, according to authorities.
Arias later changed her story one more time, admitting she killed Alexander, but claiming it was in self-defense. She told detectives that Alexander had gotten violent with her and she was forced to act.
Arias has been charged with first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. Under Arizona law, first-degree murder is a murder that was premeditated or thought out.
Arias' defense team has argued that hers should not be a capital case because Arias did not plan to kill Alexander. However, the judge has rejected the argument and kept the death penalty on the table. That's probably because first-degree murder requires only a moment of thought, meaning Arias didn't have to actually plan out the murder, just consider it for at least a moment.
Once a jury is selected the trial will commence. "No jury is going to convict me ... because I am innocent and you can mark my words on that," Arias told the TV show "Inside Edition," according to AZfamily.com.
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