Fateful week ahead: Arias trial nears dramatic end

NEED TO KNOW
  • HLN is covering the Jodi Arias trial live gavel-to-gavel
  • Arias is accused of killing Travis Alexander, but she says she did it in self-defense
  • Watch 'HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial' at 10 p.m. on HLN
Fateful week ahead: Arias trial nears dramatic end

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Jodi Arias is days away from learning her fate, and HLN will bring you every second of the dramatic conclusion of her trial.

If Arias is convicted of first-degree murder for brutally killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, she could face the death penalty via lethal injection.

Watch: Was Arias pregnant with Alexander's baby?

Arias testified that Alexander's sexual and physical abuse culminated in a violet confrontation that forced her to kill him in self-defense. He was found with multiple stab wounds, a gunshot wound to the head and his throat was slit.

If the jury believes Arias, she could be free to pursue her dreams of starting a family and a career in photography.

If the jurors are taking their duty seriously, Arias' fate isn't decided yet, and some of the most critical moments of the trial are yet to come.

Photos: What the Arias jury doesn't know

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. It's the last chance the attorneys have to persuade the jurors to convict Arias or to acquit Arias.

The jurors have heard a lot of testimony throughout the trial, but the attorneys haven't always been able to explain the significance of the testimony. Attorneys use the closing arguments to "connect the dots."

Some attorneys like to save a surprise for closing arguments, because it's the last thing the jurors will hear before they begin their deliberations.

Closing arguments can provide memorable moments such as when O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnnie Cochran coined the famous term, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

But don't forget, there is one day of testimony left in Arias' trial. Court will not be in session until Wednesday, when the defense is expected to call one last witness to refute new evidence prosecutor Juan Martinez introduced during his rebuttal.

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