Jodi Arias Trial: Testimony postponed as judge recovers from sickness

Jodi Arias (right) talks with her defense team during the prosecution's opening statements in Phoenix on Jan. 2, 2013
AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace

(CBS/AP) PHOENIX - The judge in the trial for Jodi Arias was sick Thursday, delaying testimony in the Arizona woman's murder trial until next week.

Arias, 32, faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. She was set to testify for a seventh day today. Testimony will resume again next Tuesday.

Arias previously testified that Alexander beat her, cheated on her and coerced her into fulfilling sexual fantasies. Jurors also heard explicit phone conversations between the couple as Arias described Alexander as a deviant. Alexander's friends said she is lying.

Arias claims she killed Alexander in self-defense, but initially denied any involvement. Prosecutors say Arias planned a savage murder, stabbing and slashing him 27 times, slitting his throat and shooting him in the head.

Complete coverage of Jodi Arias on Crimesider


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