Woman accused of brutal killing goes to trial

Woman accused of brutal killing goes to trial

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Arias and Alexander (file photo) Arias and Alexander (file photo)
PHOENIX -

A valley woman who admitted to brutally killing her boyfriend in Mesa will be in court Wednesday. Some people are calling it the biggest case since the Casey Anthony trial.

Opening arguments will begin in the case against 32-year-old Jodi Arias.

Prosecutors say back in June 2008, Arias shot 30-year-old Travis Alexander in the face while he was in the shower, stabbed him 27 times, and slit his throat. It was five days before his body was found.

She had an off-and-on relationship with Alexander and prosecutors say she killed him because he was going to break up with her. Alexander was a motivational speaker and member of the LDS church.

In an interview with FOX 10 in 2008, Arias told us she's innocent.

"I've done many things that are shameful but this is not one of them. I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime," said Arias.

"I didn't commit a murder... I didn't hurt Travis... I would never hurt Travis."

Arias later claimed Alexander was abusive and she killed him in self-defense.

According to prosecutors, they have strong evidence in the case against her, including a digital camera card containing intimate photographs of the couple taken before the murder -- one on a bed, another in the shower.

Minutes later, on the same card, there are bloody pictures of Alexander after he was killed.

Police also allegedly found a bloody palm print matching both Arias' and Alexander's DNA.

The case has sparked a lot of interest, and the trial will be carried on national television.

"You have all the workings for a Hollywood movie, a Hollywood horror story, so many people are drawn to this," said Monica Lindstrom, an attorney. She is not involved in Arias' case.

Lindstrom says Arias' multiple stories and the evidence against her could hurt her.

"It seems like it shouldn't be that difficult for the prosecution to get a conviction in this case, but we all know that is not true. Go back and think about Casey Anthony. Everyone thought that was a slam dunk and it wasn't and she got off."

If convicted, Arias could be sentenced to death. That would make her the 4th woman on Arizona's death row.

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