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Jodi Arias Trial Closing Arguments: Can The Defense Save Her Life?

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PHOENIX -- After hearing the prosecutor describe Jodi Arias as a "sophisticated liar" who "knew she was coming to kill," the jury will now consider the defense's closing argument -- that Arias was a frightened woman who acted in self-defense.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez gave a scathing closing argument Thursday, four months to the day he gave his opening statement to the jury.

Jodi Arias committed "a very orchestrated killing," and her only defense has been to attack the credibility of her victim, Martinez said during his closing argument on Thursday.

"She planned to come and kill Mr. Alexander ... that's what the evidence shows," Martinez told jurors of the 2008 slaying of 30-year-old Travis Alexander. "She premeditated the murder."

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In a packed courtroom, Martinez used images of Alexander's mutilated body to show the gruesome nature of the slaying. He said Arias, 32, attacked Alexander with a knife as he showered in his Mesa home.

The veteran prosecutor described in great detail how Alexander was stabbed multiple times, shot in the head and his throat was cut from ear to ear. Martinez said the defendant’s claims of self-defense "really is based on lies," and called her a "very sophisticated liar."

"The state is asking you to return a verdict of guilty -- a verdict of guilty as to first-degree murder,” Martinez said. “It's your duty, and the facts and the law support it."

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

There is a great unspoken fear among attorneys that a case is won or lost in the closing arguments. If there is any truth to the notion, the defense team certainly has their work cut out for them Friday. They'll need to pull the proverbial rabbit – a large one at that – outta their hat to save Jodi Arias.

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

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

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

The judge has called recess. The jury has been told they may go back and start deliberating the case. The trial will resume Monday at 12 p.m. Eastern time.

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"All twelve of you must agree on each verdict," Stephens said.

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Judge Sherry Stephens is going over the jury instructions again.

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"I am asking you to return a verdict of first-degree murder," Martinez said.

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"It is the states view that nothing indicates it was anything other than a slaughter," Martinez said.

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"Jodi Ann Arias killed Travis Alexander," Martinez said. "She just gutted him."

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"He didn't have any deadly weapons on him. He was sitting there sopping wet," Martinez said.

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"She claims he threatened physical force. Are you going to believe her," Martinez said.

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"Her intent was to kill, not to defend herself," Martinez said.

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"The defendant is a liar and a killer," Martinez said.

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"She stabbed him first, he wasn't dying fast enough ... for good measure she shoots him in the face," Martinez said.

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Martinez is again explaining the conditions for premeditation.

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Martinez is now suggesting the reason some of the stab wounds were shallow was because Arias had cut herself and her hand was slipping on the knife.

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Martinez just mentioned the May 26, 2008 text Alexander sent to Arias, in which he said he was nothing more to her than "a dildo with a heartbeat."

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Martinez said there is nothing to support the defense's allegation that Alexander sexually assaulted Arias.

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"All of this is nothing," Martinez said of the defense's closing arguments.

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"Every part of her trip was documented, except the part where she came to Arizona," Martinez said, referring to Nurmi's argument that Arias did not try to hide her activities during her trip.

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"A lie is a lie and she looked right at you ... and told you that," Martinez said of Arias' testimony regarding the return of the gas can.

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Martinez is pointing out Arias said she had returned the gas can to Wal-Mart, despite the fact there is no record of the return.

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Martinez is reading the messages in the magazines.

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The defense is objecting to just about everything Martinez is saying.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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Martinez is now talking about the "coded messages" Arias put in the magazine while in jail.

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"If she really wanted to cause him some damage why didn't she go to the media," Martinez said in regard to the pedophilia allegations. The defense objected to the line of questioning and the attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

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Prosecutor Juan Martinez is now giving his rebuttal to the defense closing.

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Court is back in session.

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

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