Jodi Arias Murder Trial: Who Is the Alleged Killer?

Officials have worked to unearth the past of the 32-year-old California native.
1:57 | 01/08/13

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As -- areas goes back to court today we are learning new details about her life before the trial and much more about the boyfriend his life he's accused of taking. ABC's Ryan Owens has the story. She's the admitted killer so many can't keep their eyes off. -- areas the soft spoken small frame 32 year old who won a jail house Christmas caroling contest. -- -- -- Okay. And -- cries every time prosecutors describe what she -- she did. Stab her one time boyfriend Travis Alexander 27 times slit his throat and shot him in the head. -- grew up in the small -- -- -- -- California. She dropped out of high school only to get her ged in jail a few years ago she was an aspiring photographer her MySpace page includes several albums of pictures. Including one called. In loving memory of Travis Alexander. Yeah. -- -- -- these attorneys want the jury to believe she killed Travis in June 2008 in self defense that he abused her and she feared for her life. When she attacked him in the shower it is Mesa, Arizona home. Travis -- family and friends say -- was a stalker who killed him in cold blood. They say the thirty year old was a successful businessman who overcame all the odds. His parents were drug addicts he grew up occasionally homeless until he converted to mormonism. And turned his life around. He actually had everything going far and beautiful home beautiful car great income. Travis kept applaud his last entry just two weeks before his murder he wrote -- all trying to find a wife. This type of dating to me is like a very long job interview desperately trying to find out if my date has an ax murderer -- up inside her. Sadly we now know Travis did -- a killer it's now up to the jury to decide if she killed. In self defense. For Good Morning America -- -- ABC news Phoenix.

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