Transcript of Jodi Arias' testimony set for release Tuesday

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Officials are expected to release a transcript Tuesday of the closed-door testimony that convicted murderer Jodi Arias gave two months ago at her sentencing retrial.

Maricopa County Judge Sherry Stephens had kicked reporters and members of the public out of the courtroom for the first witness called by Arias.

Stephens explained the then-secret witness was skittish and wouldn't testify unless the courtroom was closed.

News organizations protested the decision.

An appeals court threw out Stephens' ruling, identified Arias as the witness and ordered a transcript of her testimony be released.

Arias was convicted of murder last year in her former boyfriend's death, but jurors deadlocked on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

A new jury has been picked to decide her sentence.

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