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Updated Jan 5, 2012 - 6:57 am

Arias trial could be marquee case in Ariz. in 2012

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The trial of Jodi Arias could arguably become the most attention-grabbing case of the year.

Motivational speaker Travis Aleander was found in his Mesa home stabbed nearly 30 times, shot in the face and his throat slashed from ear to ear.

The woman accused of killing him is a pretty young woman by the name of Jodi Arias. At first, she denied involvement in her ex-boyfriend's death, but then claimed self defense.

"You immediately start thinking, "this must be a horror film,'" said Valley attorney Monica Lindstrom. "You can't imagine somebody would ever do this to somebody else they apparently loved."

Lindstrom said that the self-defense claim is going to be difficult for the prosecution to argue because of the amount of violence involved.

That same level of violence could make this alleged murder the crime of the year.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we actually see this show up on a CSI episode, or a Law & Order episode or maybe even a movie," said Lindtrom. "Unfortunately, this [crime] has all the makings for that."

One of the items of evidence that will be brought forward is a camera with nude photos of Arias and photos of a dying Alexander on it.


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