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Jury selection begins in the Jodi Arias trial

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  • Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in Arizona
  • Jury selection in Arias' murder trial began Monday
Opening statements in Jodi Arias' trial are scheduled to begin January 2.

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Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The process of picking the men and women who will decide Jodi Arias' fate began Monday.

Arias is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in the face, stabbing him 29 times and slitting his throat from ear to ear. At trial, Arias’ attorneys will argue she killed Alexander in self-defense.

On Monday morning, 75 potential jurors filled out questionnaires asking them about their backgrounds, their beliefs about the justice system, and whether they have formed any opinions about the case against Arias. The panel was introduced to the major players of the case Monday, including the defendant. Arias wore a green shirt and black slacks and stood up to greet the potential jurors.

Seventy-five more potential jurors will fill out questionnaires Monday afternoon. 

A total of 375 potential jurors will be summoned to the court over the next three days. The attorneys will review the questionnaires, before they return to court on Monday December 17 to individually question the potential jurors. 

Opening statements in Arias’ trial are scheduled to begin January 2.

In June 2008, Alexander's roommates found his mutilated body in his shower at his Mesa, Arizona, home. Alexander  was known among his friends as a strong Mormon and a motivational speaker. 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, she 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.

Read more: Victim’s sister: Arias deserves death

Her defense team says this should not be a death penalty case because Arias didn’t plan to kill Alexander.  

Read more: Complete HLNtv.com coverage of Jodi Arias

The panel has been introduced to the players, including the defendant. Arias wearing a green shirt and black slacks, stood up to greet  potential jurors.

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