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Former boyfriend testifies in Jodi Arias trial

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A courtroom shocker in the murder trial of Jodi Arias. A Utah man took the stand to tell about his romantic encounter with her -- the day after she killed her boyfriend.

Hard to believe it happened: Jodi Arias has admitted to shooting, stabbing and slicing Travis Alexander to death June 4, 2008.

And the very next day she's in the Salt Lake City area cuddling with another guy. But that's what happened, according to a witness called to the stand by prosecutors Wednesday.

Jodi Arias looked on blandly as Ryan Burns described his passionate encounter with her the day after she allegedly killed her onetime boyfriend Travis Alexander at his Mesa home.

Burns said Arias drove up to his home in Sandy, Utah outside Salt Lake City.

He thought she was coming from California, but she took hours longer than he expected and told him she'd gotten lost.

When she arrived, he noticed she had cuts on her hands.

Prosecutor: "What did she tell you about those cuts?"

"She worked at Margaritaville, um…" said Burns. "She told me she worked at Margaritaville and she cut her finger… she said she broke a glass and cut her finger."

Burns said he'd known her as a blonde. Now she was a brunette.

Burns had a lunch business meeting. The two drove to it in separate cars. Police pulled Arias over for driving with her rear license plate upside down.

Burns testified Arias said she saw some kids messing with her plates as a prank.

"What she told me was that apparently they also switched my back plate and turned it upside down so that was why police officers pulled me over, so they laughed about it and that was it," testified Burns.

Burns said the two made out passionately but stopped short of sex because of their Mormon beliefs. He said Arias seemed happy.

The trial continues Thursday. Jodi Arias could get the death penalty if she's convicted.

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