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Woman charged in lover's death resumes testimony

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PHOENIX -

A woman charged in the 2008 stabbing and shooting death of her lover in Mesa returned to the witness stand for a sixth day of testimony.

On Wednesday, Jodi Arias talked about a fight she had with the victim, Travis Alexander.

She discussed the day she left Mesa and her last morning with Travis, saying they had sex, then got into an argument and she left crying.

Arias said Travis later sent her an angry text message.  It was about a man who told Jodi that Travis was cheating on her. Travis had suspicions about her fidelity as well.

"He was mad about the person who had informed me about Lisa. He was mad about..he had gotten into my Gmail account because he had my password and he found instant messages between me and a guy named Steve Carroll that I had started chatting with on LDS Linkup.net..it's a Mormon social networking site," stated Arias.

She told the court when it came to Travis Alexander, she "craved the nice and dreaded the mean" from him. So why didn't Jodi just leave?

"It is kind of like, old habits die hard, we were together physically and obviously there is some chemistry and I knew it was unhealthy but I wasn't making healthy choices at that time so I continued to sleep with him."

In court Wednesday afternoon, Arias read text messages from Travis Alexander that he sent her after they broke up.

"You will rejoice in being a whore that's sole purpose in life is to be mine, to have animalistic sex with and to please me in any way I desire," one message from Alexander read, in part.

Arias testified that where Travis saw sex, she saw the chance for love.

On Tuesday, jurors were played sexually explicit phone conversations between Arias and Alexander.

From the recording: "You're bad..you make me feel so dirty...you are dirty baby."

The recordings ranged from raunchy talk to discussions about "Batman" and "Spider-Man" movies and Alanis Morissette songs.

Some say it shows that Arias was a willing participant in their sexually explicit escapades, while other feel it backs up her claims that Alexander was abusive.

"He just flipped out and blew up. Got me on the ground and started choking me. He just squeezed my neck and I couldn't breathe..everything went gray and then went black," stated Arias on Tuesday.

Arias claims she killed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her. 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 prosecution will try to convince the jury otherwise when it begins its cross examination.

Arias faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Alexander.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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