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Prosecution rests in Jodi Arias trial

  • Jodi Arias' friend testifies before prosecutors rest case
  • Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in Arizona
  • Arias says she killed Alexander in self-defense
The prosecution wraps up its case in the Jodi Arias murder trial.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez rested his case in the Jodi Arias trial Thursday afternoon.

Before Martinez wrapped his case, he called Arias’ friend, Leslie Udy (pictured below), who hung out with Arias the day after she killed Travis Alexander.

Udy testified she had trouble believing the Arias she knew could kill Alexander. She says Arias is a quick, soft-spoken and gentle person, and it was hard to see how she could be capable of such a brutal murder.

In an effort to show the jury that Udy didn’t know everything about Arias, Martinez displayed photos of a nude Arias posing in sexual positions and asked her if she knew about that side of Arias.

Udy replied, “No.”

Martinez then showed Udy the photo he says shows the killing in progress. He asked her if she knew about the pants Arias was wearing in the photo.

Udy replied,  “No.”

Martinez then rested his case. The defense then argued for a directed verdict, essentially asking the judge to say that the prosecution had not presented enough evidence to even allow the jury to consider the case.

Judge Sherry Stephens said she would review the motion for directed verdict. If the judge denies that request, the defense will begin presenting its case on January 29. 

Soon after Alexander’s body was found in June 2008, Arias initially told police she was not involved in Alexander's death. She later changed her story and told investigators that she witnessed two intruders break in and kill him. She eventually admitted to killing Alexander, saying it was in self-defense.

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