After more than four years, a hearing in the Jodi Arias murder trial Tuesday could determine whether jury selection will begin December 10. The trial has been delayed multiple times since Arias was arrested in July 2008.
The latest delays have centered around a laptop hard drive that court documents say contains pictures of Arias and the victim, Travis Alexander. Arias’ defense attorneys are requesting more time to examine the hard drive for relevant evidence. Judge Sherry Stephens ordered the prosecution to turn over the hard drive over to the defense for testing November 20. It is unclear whether the defense has received the laptop or if they will need more time to examine the contents of the hard drive.
In June 2008, Alexander's roommates found his mutilated body in his shower at his Mesa, Arizona, home. Alexander, who was known among his friends as a strong Mormon and a motivational speaker, was found with his throat slit from ear to ear. According to police, he'd also been shot in the face and stabbed 29 times. Prosecutors say Arias killed Alexander after he decided to break off their sexual relationship.
Authorities say Arias has given several stories about Alexander's death. Initially, Arias told police she wasn't with him when he was killed. Then, she said two intruders killed Alexander.
Police say they found a camera at the scene showing Arias and Alexander in suggestive poses, along with photos of Alexander's dead body.
Now, Arias is saying she killed Alexander in self-defense because he got violent with her. She faces the death penalty if she’s convicted.
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The defense says this should not be a death penalty case because Arias didn’t plan to kill Alexander.
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