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(May 10) Today's Top Headlines - Arias trial to resume next week

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:23 am

After a closed-door meeting with the judge on Thursday, the second phase of the Jodi Arias trial was abruptly canceled.

After an interview with a local television station in Phoenix, Arias said she would rather die than spend her life in prison. That forced jail officials to put Arias on suicide watch.

"I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life, and that still is true today," she told Phoenix television station KSAZ. "I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it."

It was not disclosed what was discussed in the closed-door meeting, and the judge abruptly ordered the proceedings stop.

Arias has been found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and stabbing her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008.

Now, the jury must decide if Arias deserves the death penalty or life in prison. To get the death penalty, the jury must believe that how Alexander was killed was especially cruel.

Court proceedings are now scheduled to resume on Wednesday at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET).

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