Arias returns to witness stand in murder trial

Arias returns to witness stand in murder trial

CREATED Feb 26, 2013

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias is set to return to the witness stand for an 11th day of testimony in the death penalty case against her after a prosecutor grilled her over her numerous lies to authorities.

The 32-year-old is charged in the June 2008 death of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home. She says it was self-defense, but police say she planned the attack on Travis Alexander in a jealous rage. Testimony began in early January.

Arias spent Monday calmly trying to explain away her lies as the prosecutor hammered her about not being honest with authorities, friends or family, even sending the victim's grandmother flowers after she killed him, all in an attempt to throw off suspicion and avoid being charged.

Arias says she was scared and ashamed. She resumes testimony Tuesday.

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