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Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Wraps Up Direct Examination

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Jodi Arias in court Wednesday where she testified in her own defense. (Photo via Pool Camera) | In Session -- Pool Camera

Jodi Arias ended years of speculation about her defense Wednesday when she testified about the slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

In her dramatic testimony, Arias was not as forthcoming with the details as some would have liked. The 32-year-old photographer said she remembers "almost nothing" about June 4, 2008, the day she killed Alexander in his Mesa, Ariz., apartment.

Testifying in a generally calm tone with moments of emotion and tears, Arias said under direct examination by her defense attorney that an argument about Alexander's camera sparked a fight that resulted in his death. She said that Alexander became enraged and body slammed her to the floor because she had dropped his camera while taking pictures of him the shower.

"It was like mortal terror. I pissed him off the worst I'd ever seen him pissed off," Arias said.

She said she ran to a nearby closet to escape Alexander. "I was scared ... He's freaking out. I'm freaking out ... I could hear his footsteps chasing me. I didn't want him to grab me again," she said.

Arias said she took a gun Alexander had in his closet so that she could protect herself. "He ran chasing me. I turned around and pointed it at him so he would stop chasing me," she said.

"I thought [pointing the gun at him] would stop him," Arias continued.. "He grabbed my waist. The gun went off. I did not mean to shoot him or anything. ... I didn't even know I shot him."

Alexander's body was found with 27 stab wounds and his throat had been slashed from ear to ear, but Arias said she doesn't remember inflicting those wounds.

"I remember I was in the bathroom, I remember dropping the knife and it clinked to the tile and it made a big noise. And I just remember screaming. I don’t remember anything after that," Arias said.

Arias said she might have put the knife in the dishwasher after Alexander was stabbed. She said she then fled Alexander's home and drove into the desert, where she disposed of the handgun.

"I was scared and I couldn't imagine calling 911 and telling them what I had just done," Arias said. "I was scared of what would happen to me."

Following her arrest, Arias said she did not know what to say to police. "I just denied it. I guess I didn’t understand that I could be quiet and not say anything at all," Arias said.

Arias went on to discuss plans she had to commit suicide and interviews she gave to the media, but did not provide any further details of Alexander's murder. Following a brief afternoon recess, her defense attorney, Kurt Nurmi, announced he was done with his direct examination.

Court is expected to resume Thursday morning with prosecutors cross-examining Arias. If convicted, she faces the death penalty.

The Huffington Post will be live blogging Thursday's testimony.

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Court is in recess. Testimony will resume Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET, when prosecutor Juan Martinez will begin his cross examination of Arias. The Huffington Post will live blog tomorrows events. A live blog link can be found tomorrow by visiting the full coverage page, at www.huffingtonpost.com/news/jodi-arias.

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Defense attorney Kurt Nurmi has ended his direct examination of Arias.

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Arias said she confessed to killing Alexander in the Spring of 2010.

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For the second time during the trial defense attorney Kurt Nurmi has asked Arias why she told "Inside Edition" that no jury would ever convict her. Arias repeated earlier testimony, saying she had planned to kill herself before the case went to trial.

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Arias is talking about her 2008 interview with "Inside Edition."

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Jodi Arias is taking the stand following the afternoon recess.

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Judge Sherry Stephens has called a recess. The live blog will continue when the trial resumes at 5:20 p.m. ET.

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Arias said she "sugarcoated" everything she said to the media.

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"I wanted people to know I was a normal person ... [I] wanted to show people I was not angry -- [that] I didn't hate [Alexander]."

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The judge and attorneys are talking privately in a sidebar.

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Arias said she wanted to take her life behind bars.

"I bought a bunch of Advil. I took it all over the next few days so that is was in my system. And they have razors there ... I took it apart one night with intentions of slitting my wrists," Arias testified.

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"I didn't want my mom to know, or my brothers, or my sister," Arias said.

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Arias said one reason she lied to police was to protect Alexander's reputation.

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"I began to tell him things I thought would [go] with what the forensics would show," Arias said of talking to police.

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"I just denied it. I guess I didn’t understand that I could be quiet and not say anything at all," Arias said.

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"It looks like Arias' response to prosecution's cross-examination of her self defense claim will be 'I don't remember,'" Dr. Scott Bonn, a crime expert and assistant professor of sociology at Drew University told The Huffington Post of today's testimony in the case.

"This is laughable, considering the detail with which she recalls their sex games," Bonn added. "It is also laughable that she conveniently found a loaded .25 caliber gun in Travis' closet to shoot shoot him [with], which just happens to be the same type of weapon stolen from her grandparents' house days earlier. Oh, and Travis didn't own a gun, by the way, but never mind that. I really believe that Arias' defense is just about keeping her off death row at this point, not demonstrating her innocence, which is just a lie. Her defense has more holes in it than well aged Swiss cheese."

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Arias said she was getting ready to move to Monterey, Calif., when police came to her grandparents' house to arrest her.

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Arias is giving the court room a mini-lecture on the law of attraction. She said because of that philosophy that she had adopted she never said anything "negative about Travis to anyone."

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"As we stand here today, have you forgiven yourself for not finding another way out of the situation you found yourself in on June 4, 2008," defense attorney Kurt Nurmi asked Arias.

"I think if I had just left ... I have a million regrets. I was scared of him and I reacted but I will always regret everything about that," Arias replied.

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Arias' attorney asked her if she has forgiven herself for Alexander's murder. The prosecution objected to the question and the attorneys are in another sidebar with the judge.

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The judge and attorneys are talking privately in a sidebar.

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"Because he would have come to mine. Even if it was in Antarctica," Arias said of attending Alexander's memorial service.

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Arias is crying on the stand while talking about attending Alexander's memorial service.

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Arias said she planned to go on a camping trip with friends after Alexander's death. She said she was going to take her new gun with her because she no longer felt safe with men.

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