By Sonya Magett, EnStars | Mar 11, 2013 10:36 AM EDT
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Jodi Arias took the stand on March 7 for the 2008 Arizona killing of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
The 31-year-old is on trial for murdering Alexander, a 30-year-old Mormon motivational speaker. Arias stabbed her victim 27 times, slit his throat from ear to ear and shot him in the head. His body was discovered the day he was killed: June 4, 2008. Arias lied twice at first about how he was killed and later admitted that she killed him in an act of self-defense.
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If Arias is convicted of the murder and the lies that she confessed to, she will likely face the death penalty and become the fourth woman in Arizona's history to die by lethal injection.
Judge Sherry Stephens read more questions from jurors to Arias in the Maricopa County courtroom on March 7. Arizona is one of the few states in the country that allows jurors to question defendants on trial. The process allows jurors to ask questions before they decide her fate- if she will be executed by lethal injection for the gruesome crime. The inquiries are submitted into a box and read aloud by Judge Stephens if they are not objectionable.
When Stephens asked another question by one jury member about her "foggy" memory, Arias referenced the choking incident she testified about earlier in the trial. She said Alexander put his hands around her throat and then she had blacked out.
"Why do you recall the events so clearly?" Stephens asked on behalf on an unnamed juror.
"I recall up to the point where he was choking me and passing out, I had disorientation after I woke up, I had to get my bearings, I wasn't sure where I was," Arias calmly answered. "Then I recognized Travis' bedroom. I wasn't thinking, 'Gosh, Travis just choked me out.' It is not completely clear, I just remember he had his hands around my neck and he was banging my head on the carpet."
"I tried to push him off and then I blacked out. The fog only begins when he starts screaming," she added.
Judge Stephens asked another question from a juror regarding her memory.
"How can you say that you don't have memory issues when you say you can't remember how you stabbed him so many times and slashed his throat?" Stephens asked.
"Well, I think that I have a good memory," Arias answered. "June 4 is an anomaly for me."
After Judge Stephens asked several juror questions, prosecutor Juan Martinez began another round of questioning about one of three gas cans Arias filled up for her road trip from her home in California to Arizona. Arias testified that she borrowed two gas cans from a friend and purchased a third that she later returned. Martinez inquired about it to prove the crime was pre-meditated.
"Why did you show up with three gas cans in Salt Lake City?" Martinez asked, which led to an objection by Arias' defense attorney Kirk Nurmi.
Martinez then presented receipts from Arias' Washington Mutual bank account, according to a report, which proved that she did not return a five gallon gas can to Walmart on June 3. Arias explained she was given her refund in cash and was "surprised" there was no record for proof of purchase and a return on June 3, the day before she killed Alexander.
"I went to Mesa with two gas cans," Arias replied. "I left Ryan's house in the early morning hours (put gas in the car) at 3:37 a.m."
Prosecutor Martinez will pick up where he left off again on Wednesday, March 13.The jurors may submit more questions after she is questioned again by her defense attorneys and the prosecutor.
Watch the live stream of Arias' her murder trial today on Monday, March 11 below beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST.
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