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Jodi Arias will face the death penalty

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  • Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in Arizona
  • A judge ruled that Arias will face the death penalty
Jodi Arias will face the death penalty

A judge ruled Thursday that Jodi Arias will face the death penalty.

Arias is accused of slitting her ex-boyfriend’s throat from ear to ear and shooting him. The medical examiner counted 27 stab wounds on Travis Alexander’s body.

READ MORE: Find out why this case could be the biggest trial of 2012.

The defense argued that Arias should not face death because she did not plan to kill Alexander. Instead, her attorneys argued, she killed him in self-defense because he got violent with her.

During the same hearing Thursday, the judge granted the defense’s request to prohibit witnesses from hearing testimony from other witnesses. The judge not only ruled that witnesses will not be able sit in the courtroom during testimony, but they will also be prohibited from watching media coverage of other witness testimony.

Arias's murder trial is set to begin on October 17.

Be sure to watch HLN and In Session for the latest on the Jodi Arias trial!

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