Defense rests case in Jodi Arias murder trial
by Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
April 16, 2013 01:50 PM | 406 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jodi Arias, right, talks to her attorney, Jennifer Wilmott during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Arias is on trial for the killing Travis Alexander, in 2008. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)
Jodi Arias, right, talks to her attorney, Jennifer Wilmott during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Arias is on trial for the killing Travis Alexander, in 2008. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)
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Judge Sherry Stephens talks with prosecutor Juan Martinez, left, and defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott and Kirk Nurmi during the Jodi Arias trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Arias is on trial for the killing of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008. Arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)
Judge Sherry Stephens talks with prosecutor Juan Martinez, left, and defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott and Kirk Nurmi during the Jodi Arias trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Arias is on trial for the killing of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008. Arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)
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PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias' defense attorneys have rested their case after about 2 1/2 months of testimony.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez has started calling rebuttal witnesses in the trial that has been ongoing in Phoenix for more than three months.

Both sides have presented dueling portraits of Arias' ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander — that of a man who feared for his life and a manipulative, abusive liar.

Dueling attorneys also have presented conflicting portraits of Arias, as the defense works to show she's a domestic abuse victim who was forced to fight for her life while prosecutors say she was a scorned lover who planned his killing.

Arias claims self-defense but faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in Alexander's 2008 killing.

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