Woman charged in lover's death testifies in Ariz.

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 3:30 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman charged in her lover's 2008 death in Mesa is set to resume testimony Thursday.

Jodi Arias testified Wednesday for a sixth day in a Phoenix courtroom, repeating claims of the victim's abusive and controlling behavior.

Arias faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in Travis Alexander's killing.

Her days on the witness stand have consisted of repeated references to Alexander beating her, lying to her and being controlling. Jurors have heard sexually explicit phone conversations between Arias and Alexander as Arias describes the victim as a deviant.

Alexander's friends say she's lying.

Arias claims she killed him in self-defense. Prosecutors say she planned a savage murder, stabbing and slashing him 27 times, slitting his throat and shooting him in the head.

She initially denied any involvement.

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