LAS VEGAS (AP) — It’s now up to a Nevada jury to decide the fate of a former Las Vegas Strip performer who says he was acting in self-defense when he killed his dancer ex-girlfriend and dismembered her corpse nearly 3½ years ago.

Jurors will begin deliberating 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 want the jury to consider a lesser voluntary manslaughter charge.

Griffith admits that Deborah Flores Narvaez (nar-VAYZ’) died in his arms during an argument in his home recording studio in December 2010.

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

It turned out she didn’t.

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