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Arias back in court as prosecutor outlines killing

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 8:30 a.m. CST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Jodi Arias murder trial has resumed with the prosecutor describing how the victim suffered a horrible death.

Jurors are considering whether the death penalty should be an option for the former waitress after convicting her last week of murdering her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

It is a mini-trial of sorts, including opening statements by attorneys. If the jury decides Alexander died in a cruel, heinous and depraved manner, then the next phase will begin to determine whether Arias lives or dies.

In his opening statement Wednesday, prosecutor Juan Martinez said Alexander "suffered pain every time that knife went in his body."

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