Jury selection to begin in Jodi Arias murder trial

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:07 AM

PHOENIX -- Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a California woman accused of brutally murdering her boyfriend because he was going to break up with her.

According to police, Jodi Arias, now 31, shot Travis Alexander in the face, stabbed him 27 times and slit his throat in early June 2008.

Alexander's roommates found his body in his shower at their Mesa home on June 9. They immediately suspected Arias, going so far as to give the 911 operator her name and saying she had been "bothering" him and had even slashed his tires.

Investigators say Arias, a photographer who has been described as "extremely articulate" and "very well-spoken," gave them several versions of what happened. Although she initially claimed she was not with Alexander when was killed, evidence, including a bloody hand print on the floor of the bathroom, placed her at the scene.

Her second story involved two masked intruders -- a man and a woman -- who attacked her and killed Alexander. She said she was too scared to call the police.

Arias eventually changed her story again, this time claiming self-defense and telling detectives that Alexander got violent with her.

Among the evidence against Arias is a camera that was found in the washing machine at Alexander's home. The memory card contained suggestive photos of the couple, as well as pictures of Alexander's body in the shower.

Police arrested Arias in Siskiyou County, Calif. on July 15, 2008, just over a month after the murder. She has been in jail since then.

A couple of months after her arrest, Arias told "Inside Edition" she would never be convicted.

"No jury is going to convict me ... because I am innocent and you can mark my words on that," she said in a jailhouse interview three months after Alexander's murder. "No jury is going to convict me."

According to Arias, she and Alexander started dating in February 2007. She was living in Palm Desert, Calif. at the time.

While Arias' defense team says this should not be a capital case because she did not plan to kill Alexander, the death penalty is on the table. If convicted, she could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row.

The jury selection process is slated to get under way at 2:30 p.m. The first step is for potential jurors to fill out questionnaires. It's expected to take about two weeks to get a jury seated.

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