Live blog: Nurmi says Jodi Arias 'simply snapped'

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Live blog: Nurmi says Jodi Arias 'simply snapped'

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 a live jury in Arizona weighs in 10 p.m.-midnight ET tonight on HLN.

Jodi Arias defense attorney Kirk Nurmi tried to convince the jury Friday to let Jodi Arias walk free.

Nurmi began his closing argument saying the sex, lies and dirty little secrets caused her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander's death.

“Sex, lies, and dirty little secrets. These aspects of the human condition may not be universal. But each one of these aspects of the human condition played a prominent role in the relationship Jodi Arias shared with Travis Alexander…and because these aspects of the human condition played such a prominent role in this relationship, it makes sense that the evidence that you’ve heard…is a tale of fear, love, sex, lies, and dirty little secrets,” said Nurmi.

Nurmi ended his argument by telling the jury Arias simply snapped when she was defending herself from Alexander.

“What this evidence shows it is that either what happened is that Jodi Arias defended herself and didn’t know when to stop, or she gave in to a sudden heat of passion…Ultimately, if Miss Arias is guilty of any crime at all, it is the crime of manslaughter and nothing more," said Nurmi.

Now Martinez is getting his chance to present his rebuttal argument now. The jury could start deliberating moments after Martinez finishes his rebuttal argument.

Warning: The record below contains strong language and potentially offensive content.

HLN is live-blogging the Jodi Arias trial. Read about Martinez's closing argument here, and the last day of testimony here. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court. (Best read from the bottom up.)

7:30 p.m. ET: The jurors have gone home for the weekend. They will pick up with deliberations at noon ET Monday.

6:37 p.m. ET: The jury has left the courtroom at 6:37 p.m. ET to begin their deliberations.

6:33 p.m. ET: Stephens is now walking the jury though how fill out the verdict forms for each charge.

6:31 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens is going back over some jury instructions. She wants them to elect a foreperson and set their own deliberations schedule right away.

6:29 p.m. ET: Martinez has wrapped his rebuttal argument by asking the jury to return a verdict of first-degree murder.

“The reference that I want to leave you with is that, when you’re involved in this sort of situation, you have to sit back and think about it, and think about what is going on, and [John Dunn] wrote ‘Every person’s death diminishes. So therefore, send no one to find for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.’…Apply this then to the facts, and in doing so, I am asking you to return a verdict of first degree murder. Not only of premeditated murder, but also of felony murder. Not because it’s an emotional decision…but because in this case, Travis Victor Alexander was slaughtered by this  woman. She slashed his throat,  she stabbed him in the heart, and then she shot him in the face, and all of that, thinking about it in advance," said Martinez ending his rebuttal argument.

6:27 p.m. ET:

6:25 p.m. ET: Martinez said this was nothing more than a first-degree premeditated slaughter.

“If a naked guy…is in the shower shouting at you, that’s not enough to justify manslaughter," said Martinez.

6:22 p.m. ET:

6:20 p.m. ET: Martinez said there is no evidence from the crime scene that Alexander attacker her first or that the two of them fought.

6:18 p.m. ET:

“Throughout this whole thing, she has lied. It requires you to put all of that aside and say, ‘Something magical happened, and because something magical happened, I’m going to believe her as to this very limited thing, even though she’s lied to us, and she’s lied to everybody else,'" said Martinez.

6:16 p.m. ET: Martinez is explaining premeditated first-degree murder to the jury one more time. He said Arias premeditated Alexander' murder and that is why she gutted him.

6:12 p.m. ET:

6:10 p.m. ET: Alexander was naked and had no weapons when Arias attacked him according to Martinez.

6:08 p.m. ET: Martinez said Alexander never laid a hand on Arias, never abused her. Arias shook her head and seemed to mouth the word no.

“Not once in that lifetime did he ever lay a hand on her. Not once. There is no evidence that he lever laid a hand on her, ever. So a reasonable person where this individual had never ever touched her, because you have to believe her…in order to believe physical force was even necessary at all," said Martinez.

6:07 p.m. ET:

“He was killed in three different ways. The stab wound to the heart would have killed him. Obviously the slitting of the throat would have killed him. And the shot to the face would have killed him. That, all of it, did not happen in one instant," said Martinez

6:05 p.m. ET: Martinez is reminding Arias has lied to everyone, and she is the person telling the jury she killed Alexander in self-defense. He said there is no other evidence that Arias acted in self-defense other than what she said on the witness stand.

6:02 p.m. ET:

“If you believe what the defendant is telling you, then all of these arguments then do begin to make sense. But where do you draw the line, where do you draw the line and believe this defendant when she’s lied to everybody that she’s come into contact with? And she’s lied in other circumstances, too," said Martinez.

6:00 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias story is filled with coincidences that just don't add up.

5:57 p.m. ET:

5:55 p.m. ET: Martinez is discussing the issue of the rope the defense claims Alexander tied Arias up with for a sex act on June 4, 2008. Martinez maintains the rope never existed, and therefore there is no reason for the knife to be in Alexander bedroom. Arias brought the knife into the bathroom that day according to Martinez.

Read more: Is knife the smoking gun in the Arias trial?

5:53 p.m. ET:

“I defy anybody, even Alyce LaViolette, to take a look at a photograph and tell you exactly what an individual is thinking. Is there any way to take a look at the photographs of Mr. Alexander or the defendant in whatever pose she’s in, whatever state of undress she’s in, and tell you what she is thinking?”

5:51 p.m. ET:

5:49 p.m. ET: Martinez said mockingly that maybe the jurors should watch the movie "The Secret" which is all about the law of attraction. He says it will help them understand the Arias' gas stations receipts.

“What they want you to do is…don’t believe what’s written there. You need to apply the Law of Attraction to those documents, don’t you know? Or maybe you need to go back when you go in the jury room and actually sit down to a viewing of The Secret. Because it appears as if that’s what’s going to provide you with the ability to be able to read these documents that are being presented," said Martinez.

5:47 p.m. ET:

“All of this is nothing but argument that was presented to you, and all of this was presented to you in a way so you could not focus in on the actual issues in this case," said Martinez.

5:45 p.m. ET:

“She had those gas cans so that she wouldn’t be able to be identified anywhere near Mr. Alexander’s home," said Martinez.

5:43 p.m. ET:

5:41 p.m. ET: Arias seems to be paying close attention to Martinez's rebuttal argument. Yesterday she seemed more interested in taking notes. She is also sitting in her regular seat now.

5:38 p.m. ET: Martinez is reminding the jury that Arias lied on the witness stand about returning a gas can to a Wal-Mart in Salinas, California the day before Alexander died.

5:35 p.m. ET: Arias has been in jail since July 2008 on charges for killing Alexander. Martinez is explaining that while in jail Arias handed a visitor a magazine with a secret message in it expressing how the visitor messed up when testifying about Alexander's pedophilia at a pre-trial hearing.

5:31 p.m. ET: Martinez resumed his closing argument, but Nurmi objected. The attorneys are now at another sidebar with the judge.

 

 

5:29 p.m. ET:

5:27 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

5:25 p.m. ET: Martinez began his rebuttal argument with this:

“When the law, you argue the law. When the facts are on your side, you argue the facts. But when nothing is on your side, you just argue.”

5:10 p.m. ET: Nurmi has finished his closing argument after three hours and 20 minutes. Judge Stephens has recessed court for 10 minutes.

“What this evidence shows it is that either what happened is that Jodi Arias defended herself and didn’t know when to stop, or she gave in to a sudden heat of passion…Ultimately, if Miss Arias is guilty of any crime at all, it is the crime of manslaughter and nothing more," said Nurmi as he wrapped his closing argument.

5:09 p.m. ET:

“One of the things Alyce LaViolette said, was that sometimes when a battered woman is attacked, and they’re defending their life, they don’t know when to stop. Travis Alexander’s body was stabbed 27 times. It may be that Jodi Arias didn’t know when to stop….couldn’t it also be that after everything, everything they went through in that relationship, that she threw him downs again…that after that, she simply snapped," said Nurmi.

5:07 p.m. ET: Nurmi said it was a relationship of chaos that ended in chaos.

“What happened in that moment in time? The relationship, the relationship of chaos, that ended in chaos as well. There is nothing about what happened on June 4th in that bathroom that looks planned," said Nurmi.

5:05 p.m. ET: Nurmi is trying to explain that everything Arias did was to defend herself, and some point she snapped at some point.

5:03 p.m. ET: Nurmi is recanting Arias' story that she dropped his new camera and he became enraged and attacked her in the kind of rage the jury has seen in text messages.

5:01 p.m. ET:

4:59 p.m. ET: Nurmi said the stab wounds on Alexander's back were shallow, and that doesn't make sense.

4:57 p.m. ET:

4:55 p.m. ET:

Nurmi said, “How’s this happen? She’s dragging this body back, that’s pretty obvious. So, in theory then, if she’s dragging this heavy body back, are we to believe that Jodi Arias then stood with Travis down below her and shot him in the head? Risking shooting herself? To what end?”

4:52 p.m. ET: Nurmi said Arias' explination of how and why Alexander died makes more sense then the prosecution's version of events.

“The  explanation that Jodi Arias offers makes more sense, because it does involve a moment in time…she’s left-handed, right? She would have had to go down there with her left hand and stab…go down there and stab him, and that’s the moment in time the State things premeditation met reality," said Nurmi.

4:49 p.m. ET:

4:47 p.m. ET:

“The stab had to be first, there had to be blood, there’s no other way for this bullet casing to wind up here. But ladies and gentlemen, does that make any sense?...This [crime scene] is one of chaos as well, isn’t it?...Things were being moved around, kicked around, and there was a fight," said Nurmi.

4:45 p.m. ET: Crime scene investigators say the bloody water marks on Xerox boxes found in Alexander house indicate someone tried to clean it up.

Nurmi said Arias didn't do a very good job if that's what she was trying to do.

4:42 p.m. ET: Nurmi said there is no doubt there was a fight between Alexander and Arias on June 4, 2008 and it was a fight for life.

4:40 p.m. ET: Nurmi said, “Why would somebody who’s experienced with digital cameras, who has planned this murder out for weeks, for a week and a half, why would she then not take the camera with her after she has all these crime scene photos she knows she’s taken?...Why would she stand there, why would she delete some photographs and throw it in the washing machine?"

4:38 p.m. ET:

4:35 p.m. ET: Arias testified Alexander tied her up with a rope for a sex act on June 4, 2008 in his bedroom, and he cut the rope with a knife. Martinez said there was no evidence of a rope in Alexander's house. Nurmi showed a crime scene photo of little piece of rope. Martinez said it was from the fringe of a pillow.

4:32 p.m. ET: Nurmi said if Arias planned this murder then why would she delete photos off of Alexander's camera then put it in the washing machine. He said it doesn't make sense.

4:28 p.m. ET:

“She was great to have around for Mr. Alexander for the sexual purposes, but she wasn’t acceptable to his friends, and she might not have been acceptable to his church," said Nurmi.

4:26 p.m. ET: Nurmi is displaying for the jury text messages Alexander sent Arias a month before he died, where he tells he can want to have a pornographic photo shoot with her.

4:23 p.m. ET:

“Those were the words of Mr. Alexander. How do they demonstrate chaos? They demonstrate chaos in the context of this entire relationship. This was from May 10th. May 10th, 2008. A few weeks before the killing, a few days…before he tells (another woman) how he’s afraid of Jodi Arias. Several days later, after this…he’s calling her a whore, a slut and a three-hold wonder,” said Numri.

4:21 p.m. ET:

4:19 p.m. ET: Nurmi said the relationship was chaotic, because of how Arias and Alexander treated each other. Alexander would call her horrible names and then the next day she was the most beautiful woman in the world according to Nurmi.

4:17 p.m. ET:

4:15 p.m. ET: Nurmi is playing a recording of the phone sex conversation the jury heard earlier in the trial. It is very sexually explicit. The jury is hearing Alexander talk about how he wanted to rape her, and tie her to a tree in the woods for a sexual act.

4:12 p.m. ET:

4:10 p.m. ET: "You aren't supposed to check your common sense at the door," said Nurmi.

Nurmi told the juries that they should use their common sense during deliberations.

4:08 p.m. ET: Nurmi said the prosecution has an agenda, and it is to convict Arias of firs-degree murder.

4:05 p.m. ET: Nurmi is walking the jury through the jury instructions. He may be getting close to wrapping his closing argument, because attorneys usually go through the instructions last. He is specifically talking about the manslaughter charge right now.

“The difference between first degree murder and second degree murder is that second degree murder does not require premeditation. If you determine that the defendant is guilty…and you have reasonable doubt as to which, you must find the defendant guilty of second-degree murder," said Nurmi. “We have manslaughter: A sudden quarrel or heat of passion. That could also sound very familiar to what we’ve seen throughout the course of this trial.”

4:02 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated.

4:00 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench, and the attorneys have joined her for a sidebar.

2:55 p.m. ET: Nurmi said premeditation doesn't make any sense, and the theory of self-defense is more plausible. Judge Stephens has recessed court for lunch. The live blog will pick back up when court resumes at 4:00 p.m. ET. Stephens is only giving an hour for lunch today.

Nurmi said, “If she remembers exactly what she did, then she is lying, she’s feigning this memory loss. If this memory loss was real…she would have remembered, she knew what she was doing…The problem is, if she were lying, if she were lying about this stage of events…wouldn’t she actually make up a lie where she remembered?”

2:53 p.m. ET:

“She tells you he dives like a linebacker, the gun goes off and he’s on top of her, and he’s been shot, and he says, ‘F--- kill you, b---.’ There was a threat there, obviously, there was a threat there before…She was in reasonable fear that he was going to end her life,” said Nurmi. “Out of this picture, behind which many dirty little secrets were held, somebody, somebody is not going to make it out alive.”

2:50 p.m. ET:

2:47 p.m. ET: Nurmi is discussing that Dr. Horn may be wrong about whether Arias shot Alexander first.

Read more: What really killed Alexander?

2:44 p.m. ET: It sounds like a cell phone is going off in the courtroom. Everyone is waiting for the moment to pass.

 

 

2:41 p.m. ET:

2:39 p.m. ET: Nurmi is discussing how Arias could have grabbed Alexander's gun off the top shelf of his closet.

2:36 p.m. ET:

Nurmi said, “She wasn’t a stalker. If she was a stalker, why do you take a picture of your stalker, naked in your bed? So fearful of Jodi, his stalker, was Mr. Alexander…he sends a picture of his penis. How fearful of his stalker is he…if he attends Prepaid Legal functions with her?”

2:34 p.m. ET:

2:32 p.m. ET: Nurmi asked how scared was Alexander of Arias' stalker behavior if he texted her pictures of his penis, and took multiple trips together.

2:29 p.m. ET: Nurmi is discussing how Alexander assassinated the character of Arias and her friends. The names he called her were beyond innapropriate according to Nurmi.

2:27 p.m. ET: Warning graphic sexual content in the qoute below:

“On May 10th, 2008, you heard about 45 minutes of a phone conversation about Travis Alexander. And what was said in that phone conversation?...When Ms. Arias has her orgasm whether real or fake, according to the state anyone who has faked her orgasm is a big liar and nothing she ever ays should be believed…but putting that aside, there’s this idea that after this orgasm is heard, after Ms. Arias articulates this, Travis Alexander says, ‘Your orgasm is like a twelve-year-old girl having her first orgasm.’ Who says that?...That is sick, and that is wrong.”

2:25 p.m. ET:

2:23 p.m. ET: Nurmi said the prosecution wants the jury to believe that Arias loved the media attention she received after being arrested. He said instead Arias was just trying to protect Alexander's dirty secrets of sex, pedophilia and abuse.

2:20 p.m. ET:

“She never wrote it in her journals. She did not say, ‘Dear dairy, Travis smacked the crap out of me today.’ She didn’t say that. She didn’t say, ‘Dear diary, Travis ejaculated on my face today.’ She didn’t say that. She didn’t say, ‘Dear Diary, Travis choked me until the point I passed out.’ She didn’t say that…So therefore she’s lying. Again, that’s another one of these house of cards, because it seems to set up this premise…that there’s this requirement that a journal be complete," said Nurmi.

2:18 p.m. ET: Arias is still hovering on the edge of crying, as Nurmi describes why Arias may have not called the police about Alexander's abuse.

2:15 p.m. ET:

"Sexual assault. What about that? We heard about that, but what I would say is two different things… Ms. Arias had real low self-esteem. Didn’t think too much of herself. So it makes sense that when Travis Alexander places his penis inside of her when she was asleep, and she says no…she doesn’t consider that a sexual assault because they had already done other sexual things before. She didn’t say no at the time that he entered her, but the law tells you…that someone cannot consent to sexual activity when they’re asleep. That’s the bottom line. That is sexual assault,“ said Nurmi.

2:13 p.m. ET: Nurmi said lets face facts Arias loved Alexander, and she always loved him. Arias appears to be on the verge of tears as Nurmi talks about her feelings for Alexander.

 

2:11 p.m. ET:

2:09 p.m. ET: Nurmi smacked his hands and said Arias would have sex with Alexander, because it was better than his hits.

"Why didn’t she say no? Because it was a better alternative to his anger, to his wrath, to his hits. She submitted out of fear,” said Nurmi.

2:07 p.m. ET:

“This story of self-defense, that’s a great big lie, right? That’s what they say. But if it’s a great big lie…you might do something else way smarter than what Jodi did, after this took place. She’s planned this out remember?...And you’re saying this smart girl doesn’t think about what she’s going to do afterwards?...And why if it’s this pre-planned murder do you create this crime scene of chaos? We had a relationship of chaos, and a crime scene of chaos," said Nurmi.

2:04 p.m. ET: Nurmi is walking the jurors through how the jury instructions must consider whether Arias was a domestic violence victim in deciding whether she acted in self-defense. He is now talking about all the times Alexander allegedly sexually and physically abused Arias.

“The fear she felt at that time and the reasonableness of the actions she took are to be assessed from her as a prior victim of domestic violence; sexual assault, assault, take your pick," said Nurmi.

2:01 p.m. ET: Nurmi has coined a new term: "pre-planned murder." He keeps pointing on facts that he believes don't make sense if Arias was executing a "pre-planned murder."

1:59 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking the jury why would Arias stab someone first when she had a gun, because he was a big guy in good shape for his trip to Cancun.

“Apart from the logistics of that not making any sense…why don’t you shoot? You’ve got a gun. This is what you’ve done. You’ve stolen this gun, you’ve gotten to this point in time, why don’t you shoot? It doesn’t make any sense. Under this theory of premeditation, none of this makes any sense whatsoever," said Nurmi.

1:57 p.m. ET:

1:55 p.m. ET: Nurmi is referencing the photo of Alexander in the shower with his back to her again, and how it doesn't make sense that she didn't attack him when his back was to her.

1:52 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated.

1:51 p.m. ET: The attorneys have emerged from the judge's chambers. Nurmi may resume is closing argument shortly.

1:50 p.m. ET: From HLN producers in the courtroom: The attorneys are in the Judge's chambers with Jodi Arias along with two of Alexander's sisters..

1:24 p.m. ET: Judge Sherry Stephens has recessed court for 15 minutes.

1:23 p.m. ET:

 

 

1:21 p.m. ET: Nurmi asked the jurors why didn't Arias kill Alexander when Alexander's back was to her in the shower if she was waiting for a moment to strike.

“She’s waiting for a moment in time to strike. She’s waiting to kill Mr. Alexander. If there’s a moment in time, this is it. This right here is it! There he is. He’s worn out, he’s naked, and his back’s to her. His eyes are right against the wall. He wouldn’t have seen it coming…She could have shot him right there if that was her plan.”

1:19 p.m. ET:

1:17 p.m. ET:

1:15 p.m. ET:

"We’re supposed to believe that he’s so scared of her, right? He’s afraid of her. So my goodness, how could she just walk right in the house and then sleep with him, sleep in the bed, and then take pictures – he’s so scared of her he’s taking naked pictures of her in his bed! That is a new level of being scared,” said Nurmi.

1:12 p.m. ET: “The question arises under this theory that the state has perpetrated to you: They’re in bed together sleeping. She’s got the gun. She’s got the knife. He’s asleep! What better opportunity would somebody need? He’s asleep. You put the gun to his head and you do it. You put the knife to his throat and you do it. No better time than when he’s asleep," said Nurmi.

1:09 p.m. ET: Now Nurmi is discussing the day Alexander died. He said the prosecution has asked the jurors to believe that she waited to kill him after having sex with him and spending most of the day with him.

1:06 p.m. ET: Nurmi keeps saying things just don't make sense on the supposed covert mission Arias was on to allegedly kill Alexander.

1:04 p.m. ET:

1:02 p.m. ET:

"If Jodi arias were accused of the crime of lying, I could not stand before you say she’s not guilty of that crime. But nowhere in your jury instructions are you asked to convict Jodi Arias of lying. There is no verdict form that you will have that says…is Jodi Arias guilty of the crime of lying or not? Well, of course she is…that’s not the crime she’s being charged with,” said Nurmi.

1:00 p.m. ET: From HLN's producer in the courtroom: The woman sitting next to Jodi is Mara Delarosa, her mitigation specialist. All defendants facing the death penalty get 2 attorneys and a mitigation specialist.

12:58 p.m. ET: Nurmi said it doesn't make any sense that Arias would turn the license plate upside down on her rental car if she was on a covert mission. She would obviously be pulled over for having a tag upside down according to Nurmi.

12:55 p.m. ET:

12:52 p.m. ET: Nurmi said that if Arias wanted to avoided detection she could have just used cash to purchase gas, because if someone pays with cash there is no personal information recorded by the gas station.

12:49 p.m. ET:

“You don’t stop anywhere, you don’t visit any people, there’s no witnesses, you go in there clean and you do your business, right? Does she do that? Oh no, she didn’t. It doesn’t make any sense. What does she do? She stops in Monterrey, California. And what does she do in Monterrey, California? She visits two former boyfriends. This crazy woman that can’t let it go has friendships with two of her former boyfriendsm," said Nurmi.

12:47 p.m. ET: Nurmi is repeatedly using the word "covert" trying to burn it into the juror's minds.

12:45 p.m. ET: Nurmi is now talking about the issue about how Arias allegedly requested a white rental car or a red car. Nurmi said that doesn't make sense, because a white car and a red car will not make the difference, because she could still be found in a white car. He also suggested maybe she didn't want a red car to avoid being pulled over for a speeding ticket.

12:42 p.m. ET:

12:40 p.m. ET:

“There’s a pretty clear paper trail as to what took place when she went to the Redding Airport. And keep in mind too, I think that’s important. She went to an airport. An airport, with security cameras! And security all around. An airport, not some rental car agency on the outskirts of town. An airport. That doesn’t make any sense if you’re on a covert mission," said Nurmi.

12:39 p.m. ET: Nurmi is showing the jury Arias bank records that indicate how she paid for the rental car she used to drive to Mesa, Arizona in early June 2008.

12:38 p.m. ET:

12:36 p.m. ET: Nurmi keeps calling Arias' alleged plan to kill Alexander a "covert mission" in attempt to mock the idea.

 

 

12:34 p.m. ET: “Jodi…wasn’t so locked in on Travis that she wasn’t looking for other men," said Nurmi.

Arias wasn't obsessed with Alexander, because she was trying to date other men on a Mormon dating site accoring to Nurmi.

12:31 p.m. ET: Nurmi said a .25 caliber gun is a very weak weapon, and she could have taken her grandparents gun anytime she wanted. He said she did not need to stage a burglary.

12:28 p.m. ET: Arias is watching Nurmi give his closing argument intensely.

12:25 p.m. ET:

"It occurred to me as I began thinking about talking to you this morning, that you may have some fear. You’ve been listening to evidence for 12 weeks now…and you may feel, ‘Maybe I forgot something. Maybe I didn’t understand a crucial piece of evidence…’ Maybe you fear how your verdict will be received,” said Nurmi.

12:23 p.m. ET: Nurmi said it doesn't matter if the jurors like Jodi Arias, he said he doesn't even like Arias 9 days out of 10.

“It’s not even about whether you like Jodi Arias. 9 days out of 10, I don’t like Jodi Arias. [objection] But that doesn’t matter. Your liking her or not liking her doesn’t objectively assess the evidence," said Nurmi.

Arias smiled when Nurmi said he didn't always like her.

12:21 p.m. ET: Nurmi has said multiple times the photos show Arias had three minutes to kill Alexander. Martinez said earlier in the trial that Arias had only 62 seconds to stab Alexander multiple times, shoot him in the head, and slit his throat.

12:19 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

12:18 p.m. ET: Nurmi is telling the jury will have to decide if Alexander's death was the result of a plan or something else like self-defense.

12:15 p.m. ET: Nurmi said the jury has heard about sex, lies and dirty little secrets.

“Sex, lies, and dirty little secrets. These aspects of the human condition may not be universal. But each one of these aspects of the human condition played a prominent role in the relationship Jodi Arias shared with Travis Alexander…and because these aspects of the human condition played such a prominent role in this relationship, it makes sense that the evidence that you’ve heard…is a tale of fear, love, sex, lies, and dirty little secrets,” said Nurmi.

12:14 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated.

12:08 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench, and the attorneys have joined her for a sidebar.

12:07 p.m. ET: Arias is in the courtroom. Nurmi's closing argument should begin soon.

11:58 p.m. ET: People are gathering in the courtroom. HLN's producer in the courtroom says Juror 8 is attendance today. Juror 8 was dismissed from the panel for unknown an reason. However, he was recently arrested and charged with DUI.

For four months, Jodi Arias’ defense attorneys have tried to paint Arias as a victim who was forced to kill her abuser in self-defense.

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi’s closing argument will be his last chance to plant seeds of doubt, and to convince the jury Arias had no choice but to end ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander’s life when he allegedly attacked her.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez gave an impassioned closing argument Thursday that Arias deserves a first-degree murder conviction for planning Alexander’s slaying and killing him in cold blood.

"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,” said Martinez.

Watch: Did Arias' last-ditch defense help?
 
On Friday, Nurmi may criticize Martinez’ emotional courtroom style, painting him as the overzealous prosecutor hell-bent on convicting Arias.

Closings arguments are a crucial part of the trial, because the attorneys get a chance to leave the jurors with final impressions of their cases before deliberations begin.

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.

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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."

After Nurmi completes his closing argument Friday, Martinez will get his chance to present his rebuttal argument. The jury could start deliberating moments after Martinez finishes his rebuttal argument.

 

 

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