Christina Asp, charged with the murder of Gordon Seybold in Whitehorse in 2008, is testifying in her own defence this week in Yukon Supreme Court.
Asp, 34, is charged with first-degree murder in Seybold's death and has pleaded not guilty. Firefighters found the charred remains of Seybold, 63, in March 2008 at the site of his Ibex Valley-area home, which was destroyed by fire.
On Wednesday, Asp told the court she was raised in a dysfunctional Yukon home by an alcoholic mother and a religiously-strict father.
She said by age 12 she had been sexually abused four times. That same year she found out she was adopted, and moved out to live on the streets.
Through her teen years, she said she supported her drug and alcohol habit by selling sex and that's when she learned to block feelings and emotions, and how to use other people.
Jurors heard how she met boyfriend Norman Larue in 2007 while both were on parole in Vancouver. She said she "fell head over heels in love with him."
Soon after, they decided to break parole and "go on the run" up to the Yukon.
Asp's defence lawyer will continue questioning when the trial resumes Thursday morning.