Jury continues deliberations in Jodi Arias trial

AP News
Posted: May 06, 2013 4:38 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix jury is on its second day of deliberations in the trial of Jodi Arias, who is accused of murdering her one-time boyfriend in Arizona.

Jurors took a lunch break at noon Monday after three hours of deliberations. They resumed at 1 p.m.

The jury began deliberating Friday on whether the 32-year-old Arias should be convicted of first-degree murder in the June 4, 2008, death of Travis Alexander. He was shot in the head and stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times.

Prosecutors say Arias planned the attack in a jealous rage.

Arias initially denied involvement, then blamed it on two masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, Arias said she killed Alexander in self-defense.

Testimony in the case began in early January, and Arias spent 18 days on the witness stand.