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December 22, 2014

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Jury finishes for day in Luxor dancer slaying case

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Defendant Jason Omar Griffith speaks to the jury as he testifies in his own defense during his trial at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Griffith is accused of murdering Luxor “Fantasy” dancer Deborah Flores Narvaez in December 2010.

Griffith Takes Stand in Murder Trial

Defendant Jason Omar Griffith speaks to the jury as he testifies in his own defense during his trial at the Regional Justice Center Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Griffith is accused of murdering Luxor Launch slideshow »

A jury ended its first day of deliberations without a verdict in the case of a former Las Vegas Strip performer who says the death and dismemberment of his dancer ex-girlfriend nearly 3 1/2 years ago was self-defense.

Jurors spent all day behind closed doors Wednesday, after nine days of trial in Clark County District Court.

Jason Omar Griffith could face life in prison if he's convicted of first-degree murder. Prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty.

Griffith's defense attorneys asked the jury to consider a lesser voluntary manslaughter charge.

Griffith admits killing Deborah Flores Narvaez during an argument at his home in December 2010.

He says he grabbed Flores because he thought she might have a gun.

Her dismembered body was found in tubs of concrete in January 2011.

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