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After months of sometimes-gory evidence and shocking testimony filled with sex, lies and allegations of brutality, Jodi Arias is just days away from learning her fate.
The jury could begin deliberating as early as Friday about whether Arias is guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias testified Alexander’s sexual and physical abuse culminated in a fight that forced her to kill him in self-defense.
After a marathon day of testimony Wednesday, prosecutor Juan Martinez rested his case around midnight ET.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Arias could face the death penalty via lethal injection.
This is the absolute last chance the attorneys have to persuade the jurors to convict or acquit Arias.
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.
The jurors have heard a lot of testimony throughout the four-month trial, but the attorneys haven't always been able to explain the significance of the testimony. Attorneys commonly use the closing arguments to "connect the dots."
Closing arguments can also provide some of the most memorable moments in court, such as when O.J. Simpson defense attorney Johnnie Cochran coined the famous term, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."
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And stay up late with HLN After Dark! Vinnie, Ryan,Jane and our all-star legal team bring you the biggest moments from today's closing arguments. A live jury in our Atlanta studio and -- for the first time -- a live jury in Arizona weigh in. 10pm-midnight ET tonight on HLN.
6:49 p.m. ET: Martinez has concluded his closing argument. The defense will begin its closing argument around noon tomorrow. Judge Stephens has recessed court for the evening. Don't forget Martinez will get one last chance to speak to the jury with his rebuttal argument.
This is how Martinez concluded his closing argument:
“She’s asking you to help her. She’s asking you to help her. She’s asking you, symbolically, to help her by carrying them out and taking those cans with her. What the state is asking you to do is your duty. And the judge has indicated that your duty is to follow the law as she’s given it to you, and apply it to the facts. And in asking that, the state is asking you to return a verdict of guilty. That you return a verdict of guilty as to first-degree murder. Not only as to premeditated murder, but also as to felony murder, for no other reason that it’s your duty, and the facts and the law support it.”
6:48 p.m. ET: Martinez told the jurors that the jury instructions aren't guidelines, but they are mandatory rules they must follow during deliberations.
6:46 p.m. ET:
6:44 p.m. ET: Arias lied about the gun according to Martinez.
“Why stand there with the gun if you know it’s unloaded? None of it. Absolutely none of it is true. You could even be charitable and say it doesn’t make sense. I’m not asking you to be charitable. It’s an absolute lie, this issue about the gun. She said it, and she is wedded to it," said Martinez.
6:42 p.m. ET: Martinez said issues surrounding the gun will not go away when jurors go back to deliberate.
6:40 p.m. ET: Arias testified she grabbed Alexander's gun from the top shelf of his closet and shot him in self-defense. Martinez said Arias could not have stepped on a shelf in Alexander's closet to reach the gun, because the shelf would not support her weight.
6:39 p.m. ET:
6:38 p.m. ET: Martinez said when Arias killed Alexander she did not what lies she would have to tell in the future.
6:36 p.m. ET:
6:34 p.m. ET:
"You saw her at times attempt to cry, you saw her at times get angry…and you saw her at times, when the questions were getting difficult, snap out and try to somehow make the person who was asking the questions the villain. Saying, ‘Well you’re scrambling my brain. It’s not my fault….that’s not my fault that I keep lying on the witness stand, it’s yours,’” said Martinez.
6:31 p.m. ET:
6:30 p.m. ET: Martinez is now explaining "reasonable doubt" to the jury.
6:26 p.m. ET: Martinez quotes the juror instructions: “It directly relates to the two primary allegations in this case: That of physical abuse and the fact that Mr Alexander was interested in little boys and girls, according to her. It tells you that in deciding the facts of this case, you should consider what testimony to accept and what to reject. What it’s telling you there is that you, ultimately decide whether or not this person here, who is the epitome of a liar, whether…you are going to accept or reject what she tells you…How is it that you can know, with any certainty whatsoever, whether or not she’s telling the truth about everything?”
6:23 p.m. ET: Arias ability to remember details is incredible, but when the fog rolls in she can't remember things said Martinez.
6:21 p.m. ET: Martinez said it is easy for Arias to get on the witness stand and lie, and her biggest lie is that Alexander was a pedophile.
6:19 p.m. ET:
She’s a chameleon, and she’ll adjust to the situation and make up whatever stories are appropriate for her at the time…The point I’m trying to make is that these lies are lies, but then she goes even further with them just to sell them, to manipulate the person into thinking they are actually true,” said Martinez. “She’s such an ornate liar. She just has to add the extras to it to really sell it.”
6:17 p.m. ET: Martinez is now talking about how Arias accused Alexander of being pedophile. He pointed out that there was no pornography of any kind found on his computer. He also noted that Arias did not go to the police about Alexander being a pedophile, and didn't mention it in her journal.
6:15 p.m. ET:
6:13 p.m. ET: HLN's Beth Karas said the jurors have been stoic and attentive all day.
6:11 p.m. ET: Martinez has picked up where he left of with his closing argument. Martinez said Arias has told the jury a litany of lies.
5:47 p.m. ET: The judge has recessed court for 15 minutes.
5:44 p.m. ET: Martinez has now moved on to attacking defense expert Richard Samuals. He said Samuals said he rescored the tests multiple times, and he may have done that to augment the score.
5:41 p.m. ET: Martinez just called domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette is a liar. LaViolette told the jury she had testified on behalf of a man in the past, but Martinez said that is simply not true. LaViolette has never testified on the behalf of a man before.
“One of the things that Aliyce LaViolette has… is that she is also a liar. That is just the bottom line,” said Martinez.
5:38 p.m. ET:
5:35 p.m. ET: Martinez is explaining the difference between circumstantial evidence and direct evidence.
5:32 p.m. ET: Arias said she cut her hand on a broken glass at a restaurant. Martinez said that cut was caused when the knife slipped when she was stabbing Alexander.
5:30 p.m. ET: Martinez said when Arias left Alexander's house after the murder she called Ryan Burns and said she was on her way to see him. Burns was nothing more than Arias' alibi according to Martinez.
"Ryan Burns was nothing more than her alibi. Maybe he was a little bit more because of the interest that she showed…she continues on to Utah into his waiting arms. Gosh, you can almost hear the violins making their sound as she goes up to him, gives him that first kiss, isn’t that romantic? And then later on, as they kiss passionately...although, according to her, he’s full of crap! Anybody that doesn’t agree with her are full of crap," said Martinez.
5:28 p.m. ET:
“We do know that she cleaned up. And it isn’t because she loved Mr. Alexander that she cleaned up, it wasn’t that she wanted him to look good…the net effect of what she did is to destroy any of her DNA. She washed it off. That’s what people do when they want things off their hands. They wash up,” said Martinez.
5:26 p.m. ET:
“The (bullet) casing is expelled, and it lands on the blood that is already there. So that’s when she delivers this shot to him, somebody that’s already dead. So she’s killed him three times over. Is that enough premeditation? Even though she’s done all of this planning already, this was a very directed attack,” said Arias.
5:24 p.m. ET: Martinez said investigators don't know she did with the knife or the gun, but she got rid of them.
5:22 p.m. ET: Arias appears to still be emotionally distraught as Martinez details the actions Arias took to clean up the crime scene. It is not clear whether she is crying right now.
5:19 p.m. ET: Many of the people sitting in the gallery can't bring themselves to look at the pictures of Alexander's body Martinez is displaying for jury.
5:16 p.m. ET: Martinez is detailing photos of the crime scene show how Arias drug Alexander's lifeless body down his hallway and at some point she shot him in the head., and that's why there was limited bleeding from that wound.
5:13 p.m. ET:
5:12 p.m. ET:
5:11 p.m. ET: Arias is still crying, and hiding behind her hand. Martinez took advantage of the moment.
“She may cry now. The jury instructions have told you that sympathy is not to be considered in this particular case," said Martinez.
5:08 p.m. ET: Martinez is still detailing how he believes Arias attacked Alexander.
"And so, she gets her knife. And she took that knife and stabbed him. Side. Front. The reason that we know that she did that is because Mr. Alexander has the defense wounds, and he has defensive wounds to his left and to his right hand. As she is stabbing him, he is alive and he is cognizant of it, and he begins to grab at the knife. But unfortunately for Mr. Alexander, one of the knife wounds is to the heart. Doesn’t mean he’s going to die immediately, it means he’s just going to die…Blood coming from his heart, blood coming from his mouth, and blood coming from his wounds,” said Martinez.
5:07 p.m. ET:
5:05 p.m. ET:
5:03 pm. ET: Martinez said this photo of Alexander's blood proves he was stabbed first, because he wouldn't have been able to stand of the sink and splatter blood if he was shot first. Dr. Horn testified yesterday if Arias shot him in the head first he would have fallen to the ground, and would have been incapictated within seconds.
4:57 p.m. ET: Arias testified she shot Alexander first. Martinez said to believe Arias shot Alexander first would mean the jury would have to set aside all of the forensic evidence that says otherwise. Arias appears to be crying as Martinez details how he believes Arias attacked Alexander.
4:56 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.
4:53 p.m. ET: This is the last photo of Alexander alive according to Martinez. The prosecutors said Alexander was unarmed and vulnerable because he was naked.
4:50 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias was armed with a knife and a gun when she was taking pictures of Alexander in the shower June 4, 2008.
4:49 p.m. ET:
"There’s, again, this religious sort of overtone, somehow that she’s holier-than-thou. That it was all at his request. It was all about him. It was nothing about her, and that he is somehow violative of the…precepts of the Mormon faith. Why is that important? It’s important because she wants to manipulate you,” said Martinez
4:47 p.m. ET: Arias said she introduced Alexander to KY sexual lubricant, and Martinez said she may have brought it with her on June 4, 2008 to have sex with Alexander.
4:44 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias enjoyed having sex with Alexander.
4:42 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias testified that she “stood there” in Alexander’s house watching him for several seconds when she arrived at 4:00 a.m. on June 4, 2008: “Who does that? Who comes in and stands there? Someone with some sort of stalking behavior in their past? Someone who is [coming] there unannounced? Someone who is there to surprise Mr. Alexander?”
4:41 p.m. ET: Martinez suggested that when Arias showed up at Alexander's house at 4:00 a.m. on June 4, 2008 he may have had no idea she was coming over.
4:40 p.m. ET:
4:38 p.m. ET: Martinez said there is no evidence Arias ever stopped for gas in the state of Arizona. He also said she turned off her cell phone before she entered the state of Arizona so she could not be traced by law enforcement.
"As she came into Arizona, there was no electronic trail of her being here, and there was no physical trail of her coming through. And this was done for the purpose. She knew that she was coming to kill him. There is no other reason," said Martinez.
4:36 p.m. ET: Martinez is talking about how Arias stopped filled up for gas in Pasadena, California on her way to allegdly kill Alexander on June 3, 2008.
4:35 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated.
4:33 p.m. ET: The Judge is back on the bench. The attorneys have joined her for a sidebar.
3:00 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court until 4:30 p.m. ET. The live blog will pick back up when Martinez's closing argument resumes.
2:59 p.m. ET: Martinez is discussing how peculiar he thinks it is that the tag on Arias' rental car was turned upside down.
2:57 p.m. ET:
"She was coming to Mesa with a gun and a knife. This knife appears from somewhere, so she had to have brought it up. Knives are not in a bathroom,” said Martinez.
2:55 p.m. ET:
2:53 p.m. ET: Martinez said Alexander may have not even known that Arias was coming to visit him on June 4, 2008.
“I only have to point out as far as the May 10th, 2008 conversation on the telephone, that she has no problems lying on the telephone when she says, ‘Well, yeah I was faking it.” said Martinez. "And you know what she said she was faking. Even though you heard her squealing like a cat. No, no, she was only faking it. And you know why? “Because I need two hands.” Well, if you can lie…on the telephone with Mr Alexander, then what makes us think that you can’t like about what you and he talked about on June 3rd, 2008?"
2:50 p.m. ET:
"She wants to hide the fact that she’s going to Mesa, Arizona. And the only reason to hide that fact is because she’s going to kill him. It’s not like the bishop is going to be upset if she shows up in Mesa, Arizona. It’s not like her family is going to be upset if she shows up in Mesa Arizona…they’re not going to be upset if she showed up in Mesa, Arizona. The only reason to keep this whole thing a secret, which is what she tried to do, is because she was going to kill him, and she’s making preparations,“ said Martinez.
2:49 p.m. ET: Martinez is pointing out that Arias lied about returning a third gas can to Wal-Mart on June 3, 2008, and Wal-Mart's records prove she lied on the witness stand.
2:46 p.m. ET:
2:44 p.m. ET: Martinez said the reason why Arias kept her trip to Mesa a secret, because she was planning to kill Alexander. Arias told a field a of lies that has sprouted according to Martinez.
2:39 p.m. ET: Arias lied to her ex-boyfriend Darryle Brewer about her trip to Mesa in early June 2008 according to Martinez.
2:36 p.m ET: Martinez said Arias rented a car instead of taking her own car so she wouldn't be detected in Mesa, Arizona.
2:33 p.m. ET: Arias took gas cans on her road trip to Mesa, Arizona to kill Alexander so there would be no record of her buying gas in the town Alexander lived.
2:30 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias began to plan Alexander's murder in May 2008, and he first act was stealing her grandparents .25 caliber gun on in May 2008.
2:27 p.m. ET: Martinez is pointing out how Alexander texted Arias she was the worst thing that every happened to him. Arias appeared to be crying as Martinez said when you look at Alexander crumpled up in that shower it is true Arias was the worst thing that ever happened to Alexander.
Martinez said, "No one can dispute that those are the truest words that are spoken in this case, and they are spoken by Mr. Alexander, even thought he is not here, through his writing. ‘You,’ Jodi Arias, ‘are the worst thing that ever happened to me.’ Any doubt that that’s the truth? Do we need to look at the pictures of his gashed throat? Do we need to look at the sort of frog-like state that she left him in, all crumpled up in that shower?"
2:25 p.m. ET:
2:23 p.m. ET: In May 2008, Alexander told Arias he felt like nothing more than a sex toy with a heartbeat. Martinez said that was a true statement, because it reflected what was really going on.
2:19 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias recorded a phone sex conversation with Alexander without telling him a month before she killed him, and nine days after the phone sex conversation he instant messaged another woman that he was "extremely scared" of Arias' stalking behavior.
“I’m extremely afraid of Ms. Arias because of her stalking behavior.” How prophetic of him…he’s extremely afraid of her because of this stalking behavior. Little does he know that he has less than a month live. And so, he is aware of it…because he’s the one that’s going through it. And so when he makes that comment, that comment is indicative of what is going on," said Martinez.
2:16 p.m. ET: Alexander must have been happy when his stalker moved back to California said Martinez.
2:14 p.m. ET: Martinez said in January 2008, Alexander supposedly broke her finger, but in her diary Arias wrote nothing noteworthy happened that week. Arias told the jury about multiple episodes of violence perpetrated by Alexander.
"The defendant, she gave many, not four, many, ten fifteen twenty incidents of physical violence, because at that point, physical violence was being used for…the seminal act of post-traumatic stress disorder. That’s what she was looking at at that time. And so of course, let’s have a lot of acts of domestic violence. And so you now have this lots of acts of domestic violence, that she doesn’t tell you from the witness stand. Compared to before that, she does tell you. Which one is true? The only evidence you have indicates that none of it us true, because she can’t keep it straight, and she’s attempting to manipulate the evidence to fit the goal she has at that particular time," said Martinez.
2:12 p.m. ET:
"Is she the Mormon conscience, is that what we have going on here?... She wants to make it seem like it’s his fault. She presented it in a way to manipulate your perception because she’s trying to take away from him, with lies, the only thing that he has left. His reputation. He’s not here to talk about it, and so it’s an easy shot for her," said Martinez.
2:11 p.m. ET: Martinez just called Alyce LaViolette an apologist, who is helping Arias.
2:09 p.m. ET: Martinez said no one every saw Arias bruised, she never called 911, and there's no medical records documenting Alexander's alleged abuse.
2:07 p.m. ET: Arias lied about the Alexander's physical abuse, and there's no corroborating evidence of the abuse according to Martinez.
2:05 p.m. ET: Martinez is telling the story of how Arias caught Alexander kissing another woman in his house when she was peaking in his window.
2:03 p.m. ET: Arias began showing up at Alexander's home and peaking inside windows like a stalker according to Martinez.
2:02 p.m. ET: After Arias and Alexander broke up, Arias wasn't about to let him go and moved to Mesa, Arizona to live minutes away from Alexander.
"It’s clear from this relationship that there was a stalking behavior from the very beginning. And so, she moves here to Mesa. If they are not dating, if they had broken up, why is she here," said Martinez.
2:00 p.m. ET: Martinez is walking through the jury all the times Arias invaded Alexander's privacy. He said Arias read his emails, and checked his phone.
1:58 p.m. ET:
"The defendant can’t point the finger enough at Mr. Alexander, can’t point the finger enough at the fact that’s he’s a bad Mormon! Because he’s having sex with her. If he’s such a bad Mormon, then why stay with him? You’re the one that chose him. If he’s such a bad guy, why are you hanging out with him? And to compound things, well, she’s also Mormon too," said Martinez.
1:56 p.m. ET: Martinez said you have to give credit to Arias, because she has an incredible memory a memory of a fantasy world.
1:54 p.m. ET:
1:52 p.m. ET: Martinez said it was good for Alexander that Arias lived in another town at the beginning of their relationship, because she couldn't stalk him.
1:49 p.m. ET: Arias said she could have said "no" to Alexander's sexual advances, but she got on the stand said it was him who wanted to engaged in sexual acts.
1:47 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias prayed on Mormon boys, because she decided they had everything she wanted in a mate.
1:45 p.m. ET: Martinez is walking the jury through Arias history of failed relationships with other men. He said she blamed the men in her life for why these relationships did not work out. Arias is trying to manipulate the jury according to the prosecutor..
1:43 p.m. ET: Martinez is taking a subdued approach with his closing argument so far. He has been relatively soft spoken so far.
1:40 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias wants to play the victim even though there was no abuse. Arias is not paying attention to Martinez, she seems to be writing notes back and forth with her attorney Jennifer Willmott.
1:38 p.m. ET: Martinez is giving his closing argument now. He said that after stabbing Alexander over and over, shooting him in the head she will not let him rest in peace. Instead of guns and knives, she is using lies nows.
"Jodi Ann Arias killed Travis Alexander. And even after stabbing him over and over again, and even after slashing his throat from ear to ear, and then even after taking a gun and shooting him in the face, she will not let him rest in peace. But now, instead of a gun, instead of a knife, she uses lies. And she uses this lies in court when she testified, to stage the scene for you, just as she staged the scene for the police after she killed Mr Alexander. And this woman, who would stage the scene, has even attempted to stage the scene through use of the media, she has courted the media, she has gone on national television…she has also attempted, or gone out in search of the limelight. She has signed a manifesto just in case she becomes famous. And to top it all off, she has indicated that she is innocent, that no jury will convict her, that none of you will convict her after she has staged the scene for you," said Martinez.
1:35 p.m. ET: The jury is hearing the definitions of assualt, and other lesser crimes to help them understand the felony murder charge.
Felony murder happens when a criminal does not have the specific intent to kill someone, but ends up killing someone during the commission of another crime. For example, if someone intends to rob a bank without hurting anyone, but someone is accidentally killed during the robbery, the criminal could be convicted of felony murder.
1:32 p.m. ET: Stephens is reading a variety of definitions for different legal terms for the jury.
1:31 p.m. ET: Stephens is explaining to the jury how self-defense works in this case. If they believe Arias used reasonable force to defend herself they could find her not guilty.
"A defendant is justified in using or threatening deadly physical force in self-defense if the following two condition existed: one, a reasonable person in the situation would have believed that deadly physical was immediately necessary to protect against another’s use or apparent, attempted or threatened use of unlawful deadly physical force, and two, the defendant used or threatened no more deadly physical force than would have appeared necessary to a reasonable person in the situation. A defendant may use deadly physical force in self-defense only to protect against another’s use…of deadly physical force. Self-defense justifies the use or threat of deadly physical force only while the apparent danger continues, and it ends when the apparent danger ends," said Stephens. "If there have been past acts of domestic violence against the defendant by the victim, the state of mind of a reasonable person shall be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person who has been a victim of those past acts of domestic violence. Domestic violence means any act that is an offense, including assault, aggravated assault, threatening and intimidating, endangerment, sexual assault, or unlawful imprisonment, committed when the victim and perpetrator are in a romantic or sexual relationship."
1:30 p.m. ET:
1:29 p.m. ET:
1:27 p.m. ET:"The state need not prove motive, but you may consider motive or lack of motive in reaching your verdict,” said Stephens.
1:26 p.m. ET: Stephens said Arias is also charged with less included charge of manslaughter.
1:23 p.m. ET: Stephens said Arias is also charged with second-degree murder. The difference between second-degree murder and first-degree murder is that second-degree does not require premeditition.
1:21 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens is explaining first-degree murder to the jurors, and how Arizona law provides two legal theories the jury can reach first-degree murder. The jurors convict Arias of first-degree through premeditated murder and felony murder.
1:19 p.m. ET:
1:17 p.m. ET: Stephens said the jurors can choose to believe or disregard anything any witness statements. It is up to jury to decide what they believe.
Stephens: "The law does not require a defendant to prove innocence. Every defendant is presumed by law to be innocent. You must start with the presumption that the defendant is innocent. The state has the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This means the state must prove each element of each charge beyond a reasonable doubt…Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is proof that leaves you firmly convinced of the defendant’s guilt. There are very few things in this world that we know with absolute certainty, and in criminal cases the law does not require proof that overcomes every doubt. If, based on your consideration of the evidence, you are firmly convinced that the defendant is guilty of the crime charged, you must find her guilty. If, on the other hand, you think there is a real possibility she is not guilty, you must give her the benefit of the doubt and find her not guilty."
1:15 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens is explaining to the jury what the term "reasonable doubt" means.
1:13 p.m. ET: Arias seems to be reading along with the judge as she reads the instructions to the jury.
1:11 p.m. ET: Arias is in the courtroom along with the jury. The judge is reading the jury instructions to the jury.
1:08 p.m. ET: Judge Sherry Stephens the court is having some difficulties coordinating everything today.
1:05 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench. Today's proceedings will begin with the judge instructing the jurors on the law. Arias is not in the courtroom. She has gone back to her holding cell.
12:59 p.m. ET: The attorneys are in the courtroom. Closing arguments should begin shortly.
12:31 p.m. ET: From HLN's Beth Karas: Attorneys are in chambers. The courtroom is filling up. Extra seats are in the aisle. The families are here on both sides. Lots of media present. Only members of the general public haven't been allowed inside yet.
12:23 p.m. ET: From HLN's producer in the courtroom: The attorneys are in chambers with the judge. Jodi has been brought in from holding cell and follows 2 Alexander family members into chambers.
11:28 p.m. ET: Here is some information on some of the people who are at the courthouse today hoping to get a seat to watch the trial:
Flew in last night from Provo, UT
First in line, arrived at midnight
Came to Phoenix just to come to the trial
"It's all about the facts and what's happened."
Drove from Tucson, left home at 3 a.m.
There's always Scottsdale shopping. I hope I get the lucky number.
"What do you say to the devil? I don't know. It's beyond my comprehension...everything is so manipulated and a lack of truth"
Drove 800 miles from Amarillo, TX
"The PTSD, I'm a Vietnam vet and I don't think it's right to mix us with her."
"That's all you need for this case, common sense. We don't have any fog in Texas"
10:57 p.m. ET: From an HLN producer outside the courthouse: About 40 people were waiting in line outside the Maricopa County Courthouse Thursday morning, only to find out that the court only has 5-7 seats for the public and that the lucky few are being chosen by lottery.