Arias tells judge she won't go back on witness stand as defense rests in resentencing trial


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PHOENIX — The defense in the Jodi Arias resentencing trial has rested and the convicted murderer isn't planning to go back on the witness stand.

Arias told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stevens on Tuesday that since she can no longer testify without the public present, she would rather stay silent until the end of the trial.

That's so Arias can address the jury in her own way without any lawyer questions.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home.

Alexander was shot and repeatedly stabbed. Arias says it was self-defense after the relationship turned abusive.

She was found guilty in May 2013, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. Prosecutors are asking a new jury to impose the death sentence.

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