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Jurors Deliberate Arias Fate Amid Spectacle

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Jodi Arias testifies during her murder trial, Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, Arizona Jodi Arias testifies during her murder trial, Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, Arizona


Updated: May 6, 2013

It has become a real-life soap opera for people around the world and dozens of fanatics who camp out on a Phoenix sidewalk early in the morning to get into the show. One seat even sold for $200.

A cable network has set up a stage nearby for broadcasts, and the spectacle is routinely among the most heavily trending topics on Twitter. Fans have traveled from all over the U.S. to be close to the action.

The star is none other than a small-town waitress and aspiring photographer from Northern California who killed fatally stabbed and shot her lover in 2008. Jodi Arias has been on trial for first-degree murder since January, and her case has developed an enormous following with its tales of sex, violence and betrayal.

Jurors resume deliberations Monday.

Posted: May 3, 2013

Jodi Arias' defense attorneys are set for closing arguments in a case that has captured headlines worldwide with tales of sex, lies and a bloody killing.

Arias faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home. Authorities say she planned the attack on Travis Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair. Arias initially denied involvement in the killing then later blamed it on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense.

Testimony began in early January.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez presented closing arguments on Thursday and described Arias as a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the savage attack.

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