Jodi Arias trial live video, update: Arizona Supreme Court denies request to toss death penalty

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 PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has denied the request of Jodi Arias' defense attorneys to take the death penalty off the table.

It was a surprising turn of events Friday, as her defense attorneys asked to toss out the death penalty option.

Arias, 32, faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 killing of Travis Alexander in his Mesa home.

Arias' defense team  asked the court to review the aggravating factor which led the state to seek the death penalty charge.

They also requested a stay of the aggravation portion of the trial until the legal issues can be heard.

In paperwork filed Friday with the court, Arias's attorneys alleged Mesa Det. Esteban Flores gave "false and misleading" testimony during an evidentiary hearing in August 2009.

According to the attorneys' paperwork, the single aggravating fact in the case was based on Flores' testimony.

The move Friday came just one day after Arias traded barbs with a prosecutor under a withering cross-examination as she struggled to explain why she can recall precise details of her life from years earlier, yet can't remember crucial aspects of the murder case against her.

Trial is set to resume Monday.

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