In a trial that may one day rival Casey Anthony‘s in terms of sensationalist media coverage, Jodi Ann Arias is finally face trial on murder charges.
Nearly five years after she allegedly killed boyfriend Travis Alexander.
Arias, now 32, is accused of shooting the 30-year-old motivational speaker and legal insurance salesman in the face and then stabbing him 27 times.
To finish him off, she then is accused of slitting his throat, ear to ear.
Due to the nature of the crime, prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against the photographer, which could make her the fourth woman on Arizona’s death row.
When Alexander’s roommates found his body, they gave a 911 operator her name and said that she had been “bothering” him and had slashed his tires.
Prosecutors have revealed that Jodi Ann Arias potentially made her already dire situation even worse by giving three different stories to investigators.
She initially said she wasn’t with Travis – while a bloody hand print placed her at the scene – then claimed that masked intruders broke in and attacked them both.
She was too scared to call the cops, she claimed … then changed her story again, citing self defense and telling detectives that Alexander became violent with her.
The couple met at a conference in Las Vegas in 2006, and even after they broke up, Arias moved from California to Arizona and began allegedly harassing him.
In June 2008, Alexander told friends that he suspected that Jodi hacked into his Facebook account; he said that he told her he wanted her out of his life forever.
However, on June 4 she went over to his house and they had sex and took explicit photos of each other, according to court records.
“She was totally obsessed with him,” Alexander’s friend Sky Hughes told The Huffington Post.
“She wouldn’t let him go. Whenever he would try to sever ties, she would threaten to kill herself. He would tell her he didn’t want anything to do with her, and she would show up.”
“We knew it was her. We didn’t want it to be her, but [we] just knew it was.”
The defense is expected to concentrate on alleged abuse by Alexander; Prosecutors will try to paint her as a scorned girlfriend turned cold-blooded killer.