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(May 20) Today's Top Headlines - Defense asks for mistrial, Arias to testify Tuesday

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Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 9:23 am

The trial that has gained international attention, grabbing the top headlines daily and showing a mixture of sex, deceit and murder, is now entering the final phase.

Jodi Arias, who has been found guilty of first degree murder, was scheduled to take the stand today to plead for her life. However, after a series of motions made by her defense attorneys, court has been adjourned and Arias is scheduled to speak on Tuesday.

Defense attorneys asked for a mistrial, which was denied. After the denial, they asked to be excused from the case, which was also denied. After both motions were denied, the attorneys said they would be calling no witnesses because of it.

After the judge was closing proceedings for the day, the defense attorneys also asked for a stay. A motion that was also denied.

The 12-member jury found Arias guilty of the 2008 brutal murder of Travis Alexander. Alexander was shot twice, stabbed nearly 30 times and his throat was slashed.

The jury will now decide if she will spend the rest of her life in prison, or if she deserves the death penalty for the murder.

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