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Defense asks judge to add manslaughter to jury choices

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The Jodi Arias trial has been going on for nearly 4 months. The defense finally finished its case last week. Or did it?

Defense attorneys may not be done after all -- and they make a move that could get their client minimal jail time even if she is convicted.

There were no trial proceedings Monday, but there was plenty of legal wrangling in the case.

The defense wants to call a psychologist to the stand to contradict the prosecution's expert witness, Dr. Janeen DeMarte.

DeMarte testified she did not believe Arias was an abused by Travis Alexander and did not suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Instead she feels Arias has a borderline personality disorder.

Arias claims she killed Alexander in self-defense and cannot remember most of what happened

However, the defense Monday asked the court to add "crime of passion" to jury instructions. That would give the jury the choice of acquitting Arias on self-defense or convicting her of first degree murder, second degree murder or manslaughter, due to heat of passion.

If convicted of manslaughter, Arias would serve 7 to 21 years in prison with credit for the 4 and a half years she's been in jail awaiting trial. The judge has not ruled on either motion.

The trial resumes Tuesday with the prosecution expected to call either two of Alexander's former co-workers or a Wal-Mart employee.

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