Jodi Arias murder trial: Arias returns to stand in Arizona ex-boyfriend killing

PHOENIX - The Jodi Arias trial resumed Tuesday afternoon after court was adjourned earlier without Arias making it up to the witness stand.

After a delay until about 11:15 a.m., Arias walked into the courtroom apparently in tears.

The judge said court was adjourned until 1 p.m. and "matters need to be resolved. "

When the trial continued, the court listened to explicit phone conversations between Arias and the victim, Travis Alexander.

Arias is charged in the 2008 stabbing and shooting death of her ex-boyfriend, Alexander, in Mesa, Ariz. 

She faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

Arias sobbed Tuesday on the witness stand as she and the courtroom listened to the phone conversations.

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

She has testified in Phoenix about their volatile relationship and 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 in the killing before settling on self-defense.

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