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May 2, 2013 2:19 PM by Associated Press

Arias jurors can consider manslaughter charge

PHOENIX (AP) - Jurors who will decide the fate of Jodi Arias will be allowed to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The judge is providing instructions to the jury in a packed courtroom, including some people who lined up at 2 a.m. Thursday to get a spot in the gallery. The prosecutor will later present closing arguments.

The jury will essentially have three choices: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal.

First-degree can lead to a death sentence and requires the jury to believe that it was a premeditated act. The basic standard for second-degree murder is that the defendant intentionally caused the death of another person. Manslaughter has a much lower standard.

Arias acknowledges she killed Travis Alexander but says it was self-defense.

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