CRIME
05/02/2013 12:52 pm ET Updated May 02, 2013

Jodi Arias Trial Closing Arguments

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Lawyers in the 5-month-old Jodi Arias trial will try to sum up for the jury one of the most widely publicized trials in U.S. history.

The closing arguments are expected to be as wide-ranging and thorough as time allows as the lawyers attempt to summarize their cases from the vast amount of evidence and testimony.

Not since Casey Anthony stepped out of a courtroom cleared of murder charges two years ago has a televised trial attracted so much media attention.

Prosecutors say that Arias, a 32-year-old photographer from Yreka, Calif., killed Alexander because she was a scorned and jealous ex-girlfriend, but her defense team claims she was abused by Alexander and acted in self-defense.

Arias has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. She could face a possible death sentence if convicted of that charge.

The arguments are expected to last all day, and the jury deliberations could begin as early as Friday.

The trial is scheduled to resume at about 12:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Thursday:

05/02/2013 6:51 PM EDT

Recess

The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will continue tomorrow.

05/02/2013 6:51 PM EDT

Last Statement

Martinez said its the jury's duty to return a guilty verdict. With that he finished his closing argument.

05/02/2013 6:50 PM EDT

Mandatory Rules

Martinez said the jury instructions are not guidelines, they are mandatory rules.

05/02/2013 6:48 PM EDT

'She Has Committed Murder'

"She has committed murder in the first-degree," Martinez said.

05/02/2013 6:46 PM EDT

Felony Murder

Martinez is going over what constitutes felony murder.

05/02/2013 6:39 PM EDT

The Gun Ownership Does Not Matter

Martinez said even if Arias did not use her grandparents gun to kill Alexander she would still be guilty of first-degree murder because she would have stolen Alexander's gun after the killing, and a theft during a murder also qualifies as first-degree murder.

05/02/2013 6:37 PM EDT

'Posed To Strike'

Martinez said the photographs Arias took of Alexander prior to his death do not support a heat of passion killing. He said she was "posed to strike."

05/02/2013 6:34 PM EDT

On Juan:

05/02/2013 6:33 PM EDT

'She Knew That She Was Going To Kill Him'

"Those elements are satisfied," Martinez said of premeditated murder in this case.

05/02/2013 6:32 PM EDT

On Premeditated Murder

Martinez said premeditated murder has been proven in this case.

The Huffington Post is live blogging Thursday's testimony. Check back here for updates.

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