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Prosecutors begin their case in dancer's death trial

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Debora Flores Narvaez Debora Flores Narvaez
LAS VEGAS --  A prosecutor showed jurors in Las Vegas photos of a glamorous brown-eyed dancer from the racy "Fantasy" revue and her dismembered corpse during opening statements in the murder trial of the ex-boyfriend accused of killing her.

Jason "Blu" Omar Griffith sat impassively as prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo said evidence will show Griffith killed Deborah Flores Narvaez in December 2010 and tried to dispose of her body in tubs of cement.

DiGiacomo said Griffith made a choice to murder Flores Narvaez to protect a relationship he was having with another woman.

"Mr. Griffith is back at Rumors with Agnes trying to further his relationship. And there's a dead body Debbie Flores in his back room in a blue tub," the prosecutor told the jury.

Griffith defense attorney Jeff Banks told the jury it's not that simple. He says it is a case of self defense.

"Stalking behavior by Debbie Flores against Mr. Griffith, threats by Debbie Florez against and aimed at Mr. Griffith," Banks said.

Griffith has pleaded not guilty, and Banks says evidence will show Griffith was defending himself when Narvaez died. He says elaborate efforts to hide the body don't prove otherwise.

Jurors were told Flores and Griffith had a stormy relationship and traded accusations of domestic violence, but kept returning to each other.

Griffith was a Cirque du Soleil performer. He was arrested in January 2011 and pleaded not guilty. He could face life in prison.
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