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Murder trial: Jodi Arias testifies for 3rd day

Jodi Arias during her third day on the witness stand. Jodi Arias during her third day on the witness stand.
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Testimony on Wednesday in the Jodi Arias trial alternated between her sexual habits and her conversion to the Mormon faith.

Arias is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

Alexander was found brutally murdered at his Mesa home in 2008 with 27 stab wounds, a slit throat and shot in the head.

After telling police several different stories to what happened, Arias now claims she killed Alexander in self-defense.

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On Wednesday, Arias took the witness stand for a third day as she described the early stages of her relationship with Alexander.

She claimed the relationship was an odd mix. Alexander was a devout Mormon who was sending missionaries to her house to convert her to the religion. Arias also told jurors Alexander baptized her into the Mormon church in November 2006. But at the same time he forced her to have sex, she claims.

At times, observers in the courtroom appeared uncomfortable, with Arias on the witness stand talking about sex, lies and religion.

Arias went into great detail Wednesday about how she started to feel used by her on-again, off-again boyfriend, who she said wanted her only for sex.

"He gets a hotel room. I show up. We hang out and have sex," Arias told jurors. "He's not really there. He's not mentally present. I'm getting a lot of attention, but only while we're engaging in sexual activity. Then we check out and he takes off. I kind of felt like a prostitute."

During her testimony, Arias continued to portray Alexander as an aggressive lover who manipulated their relationship through sex and religion.

Arias told jurors that on the day Alexander baptized her into the Mormon faith, he also forced her to have anal sex.

"After he left, shortly after he left, I felt, I didn't feel good," said Arias. "I kind of felt like a used piece of toilet paper."

There was one point in Arias' testimony that her defense attorney pulled up two photos that Alexander texted Arias while they were dating. The photos were of Alexander's private parts.

Alexander's family members, who were sitting in the courtroom,  were visibly uncomfortable at the sight of the pictures and turned away. 

The trial is expected to start up again on Monday.

Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on the trial. Follow @reporterjmiguel and @jbarrycbs5 on Twitter for updates from the courtroom.

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