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Lurid phone sex tape played for jurors in Arias trial

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Jurors heard sexually explicit phone conversations between murder defendant Jodi Arias and the man she's accused of killing in 2008.
 
Jodi Arias faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Travis Alexander in 2008. She has been testifying for five days -- often in explicit detail -- about her relationship with Alexander.
 
The phone recordings played Tuesday ranged from raunchy conversations to discussions about "Batman" and "Spider-Man" movies and Alanis Morissette songs. Arias was giggly as the two joked, exchanged stories and sang to each other. As she listened to the recording from the witness stand, Arias broke down in tears, keeping her head down most of the time.

Arias told the court she taped phone sex sessions with Travis Alexander because he wanted her to.

Arias: "So throughout the conversation I began to hit save save save, so it was saved..."
Attorney: "So you recorded it at his request?"
Arias: "Yes."

In the phone call, she sounds like she wants Travis to be her boyfriend. For him, the relationship seems purely physical.

Alexander on tape: "It just accentuates how female you are and how hot you are. You are the prototype of sluttiness. You are the prototype."

She later testified about more beatings she said she suffered at the hands of Alexander, recounting a time he choked her into unconsciousness. She had previously described similar instances.
 
However, Arias never went to a hospital for injuries she claims she suffered, never reported anything to police, and jurors have yet to hear from any witnesses or view any evidence establishing a history of the victim's violence or supposed interest in child pornography. Alexander's friends say Arias is lying.

Arias claims she killed Alexander in self-defense. Prosecutors say Arias killed him in a rage, stabbing and slashing him 27 times, slitting his throat and shooting him in the head.
 
Arias initially denied involvement before settling on self-defense. The trial continues Wednesday.

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