Prosecutors use Jodi Arias' own words against her

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It was day four in the Jodi Arias retrial. And on Monday, prosecutors tried to use Arias' own words against her, as they push for the death penalty.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez highlighted emails, texts and phone calls from Arias after she killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The body of 30-year-old Alexander was found on June 9, 2008, in the shower of his Mesa apartment.  In 2013, a jury found Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the killing, but was deadlocked during the sentencing phase, prompting the penalty retrial.

One of Arias' messages read: "I haven't heard back from you. I hope you're not upset."

"He's giving them a Cliffs Notes version of, there was premeditation and cruelty beyond a reasonable doubt," says courtroom blogger Jen Wood.

"She was calling his phone as he lay dead in a shower, saying she has all these plans with him; she can't wait to see him," Wood continues. "She's covering her rear end. She's making an alibi by saying she wasn't even in Arizona."

Martinez also played back large portions of Arias' initial taped interrogation. In the tape, Arias said, "I did not hurt Travis. I would not do that to him."

In that same video, Arias never confesses but tells at least three different stories about what happened to Alexander, including one where she said people dressed like ninjas burst into the home, threatened her and then killed Alexander. 

"So far it's been a good day because they got to hear from Jodi herself," says Wood.

Arias' attorneys are trying to show the murder was not planned. The jury will decide if the crime warrants the death penalty.

The prosecution is trying to prove Alexander endured so much pain and suffering that Arias should die.

Testimony continues on Tuesday.