Jodi Arias Admits She Stabbed Boyfriend 29 Times

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(CNN) – The Arizona woman accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend took the witness stand in her own defense.

32-year-old Jodi Arias claims she stabbed Travis Alexander 29 times, shot him in the face and slit his throat in self-defense.

On the stand today, she told jurors she was abused as a child, and at times her mother would beat her with a wooden spoon.

She also said she planned to committed suicide after Alexander’s death.

Alexander’s body was found in June 2008.

If convicted of his murder, Arias faces a possible death sentence.