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AZ high court won't allow secret Jodi Arias testimony

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias in court Monday . (Source: CBS 5 News) Convicted murderer Jodi Arias in court Monday . (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

The Arizona Supreme Court won't reconsider a ruling that bars convicted murderer Jodi Arias from testifying in secret at her sentencing retrial.

The court denied Arias' petition for review without comment Tuesday. That means a November ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals will stand.

The appeals court overturned the trial judge's ruling that barred the public from being present during testimony from a witness that later was revealed to be Arias. A transcript of the testimony was released last month.

The sentencing retrial resumes Wednesday morning. The courtroom action will be described by CBS 5 reporters each day on Twitter @CBS5AZ or oncbs5az.com.

On Monday, jurors got an inside look into the twisted and manipulative mind of the convicted killer.

Psychologist Janeen Demarte was back on the witness stand, reading through e-mails and texts that Arias sent the man she murdered, former boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The jury that convicted Arias on May 8, 2013, of first-degree murder was unable to reach a verdict in her sentencing, and Stephens declared a mistrial May 23, 2013.

The body of the 30-year-old Alexander was found in his Mesa apartment. He had been stabbed, his throat slit and he had a gunshot wound to his forehead.

Arias, who initially denied she killed Alexander, would eventually admit she killed him in self-defense, but jurors didn't buy into that claim.

Members of the current jury, which was selected from more than 400 potential jurors over several weeks, have been shown graphic photos of the crime scene, listened to interrogation tapes in which Arias produced a number of lies and had a juror dismissed for asking a woman journalist in attendance if she was TV journalist Nancy Grace, since the retrial began Oct. 21.

The trial has generated an online and cable news audience nationwide.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates from inside the courtroom.

Copyright 2015 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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