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Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial to Decide Between Life and Death

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Jodi Arias talks with her defense attorney. (Pool/Reuters/Landov, file)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 08:06 AM

A jury has been seated and opening statements have been made in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial in Arizona that will decide whether the convicted murderer should live or die after killing her boyfriend.

The jury in Phoenix was sworn in on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Defense lawyer Kirk Nurmi then began opening statements, telling jurors it was up to them to write the final chapter to the story. He warned the jury that it will see graphic evidence about the killing and relationship between Arias and victim Travis Alexander.

The 34-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the first jury was deadlocked on whether to give her the death penalty or life in prison.

That required a new jury and trial to decide her punishment.

Arias acknowledged killing  Alexander in 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home but claimed it was self-defense. He suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, had his throat slit and was shot in the head.

Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage when Alexander wanted to end their affair.

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