Defense to make case in Ariz. boyfriend slaying

PHOENIX (AP) — Defense attorneys will begin making their case in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her motivational speaker ex-boyfriend in Arizona more than four years ago in a jealous rage.

Jodi Arias could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if she's convicted of killing Travis Alexander.

Prosecutors say Arias shot Alexander in the face, stabbed him, slit his throat and left him inside a shower at his suburban Phoenix home in 2008 after he tried to end their relationship.

Arias changed her stories about the killing. At first, she denied involvement, but later blamed it on masked intruders before confessing.

Now, she claims Alexander was abusive and that the killing was in self-defense.

The trial began in early January. Prosecutors rested their case on Jan. 17.

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