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Timeline of events in Jodi Arias murder case

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The Jodi Arias murder trial has drawn international attention for its graphic tales of sex and lies. The following is a timeline of key events in the case:

September 2006: Arias and Travis Alexander meet at a work convention in Las Vegas and quickly enter into a stormy long-distance relationship. Arias, an aspiring saleswoman and photographer, lives in California and visits Alexander in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. Alexander is a Mormon and works as a salesman and motivational speaker.

November 2006: The 26-year-old Arias is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints so the two could date.

February 2007: Arias and Alexander started dating, but by June, they break up.  While no longer dating, the couple decides to maintain a physical relationship.

June 29, 2007: Arias and Alexander break up but continue to see each other for sex. Weeks later, Arias moves to Arizona, where she waits tables and cleans Alexander's home for extra cash. She moves back to California in spring 2008.

May 28, 2008: A .25 caliber gun is reported stolen from the home of Arias' grandparents, where Arias has been staying.

June 4, 2008: On a road trip to Utah to see another co-worker and love interest, Arias takes a detour to Arizona to visit the 30-year-old Alexander. Arias and Alexander have sex at his home, then take provocative photographs of each other. Arias kills Alexander during this visit. Prosecutors say she arrived unannounced, but Arias claims Alexander invited her.  It's the same day the last outgoing call was made from Alexander's phone and that evening, he missed an important business call.

June 5, 2008: Arias continues to Utah, where she sees the other man.

June 9, 2008: Friends find Alexander's body in his shower and call 911. He had been shot in the head with a .25 caliber, and stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times. Authorities later find Arias' hair and bloody palm print at the scene, along with time-stamped photos in a camera discovered inside Alexander's washing machine.

July 9, 2008: On Arias' 28th birthday, a grand jury indicts her on first-degree murder.

July 15, 2008: Arias is arrested at her grandparents' home. She maintains she wasn't involved in Travis' slaying, telling a detective: "I don't even hurt spiders."

Sept. 5, 2008: Arias is extradited to Arizona. A public defender is later assigned to represent her.

Sept. 11, 2008: Arias pleads not guilty during her arraignment.

September 24, 2008: Arias tells various media outlets that two masked intruders attacked her and killed Alexander. In a jailhouse interview with "Inside Edition," Arias says: "No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that."

Oct. 31, 2008: Prosecutors file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. They contend Arias planned the attack and killed Alexander in a jealous rage.

August 2010: Arias changes her story about the killing, claiming self-defense.

Dec. 2010: Arias beats 50 other inmates to win a talent competition -- a caroling contest for inmates held at the Maricopa County Jail.

Dec. 10, 2012: July selection begins. 18 potential jurors and alternates eventually are chosen.

Dec. 20, 2012: Panel of 12 is sworn in, plus six alternates.

Jan. 2, 2013: Opening statements begin. Artwork purportedly drawn by Arias soon begins selling online.  Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott acknowledges that Arias killed Alexander, but that she did so in self defense.

Jan. 8, 2013: Prosecutors show jurors bloody crime-scene photos. Arias appears shaken.  The county medical examiner testified Alexander was stabbed 27 times and shot once, adding that one knife would nearly decapitated the victim.

Jan. 28, 2013: During a break in testimony, Arias' attorneys argue that the prosecution is guilty of misconduct, claiming a witness had improper contact with the prosecutor's office.  After a heated debate, the judge denied a defense request for mistrial.

Feb. 4, 2013: Arias takes the witness stand. She testifies for 18 days, telling jurors that Alexander was physically and emotionally abusive. She says he turned violent the day of his death, forcing her to fight for her life. She says she lied about it earlier because she planned to commit suicide.

Feb. 6, 2013: Continuing her testimony, Arias says Alexander was using her for sex and claimed she felt like a prostitute.

March 14, 2013: A defense expert testifies that Arias suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia, explaining why Arias can't recall much from the day of the killing. Prosecutor Juan Martinez later questions the expert's evaluation process, saying Arias was still lying at the time about having killed Alexander.

March - April 2013: Another defense witness tells jurors Arias was abused by Alexander and suffered from battered woman's syndrome. A paper by the psychotherapist sparks a debate between her and Martinez over whether Snow White was an abused woman. Meanwhile, a prosecution expert maintains Arias has borderline personality disorder.

April 2, 2013: A juror is dismissed, reportedly for making statements that showed bias. By now, the case is a tabloid and cable TV sensation, attracting spectators from around the country. Two more jurors eventually are released.

May 2, 2013: Closing arguments begin.

May 3, 2013: Closing arguments conclude, and the final 12 jurors are chosen. They begin deliberations.

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