Jodi Arias Trial Live Stream: Defense Attorneys To Present Closing Arguments; Will Arias Receive The Death Sentence? [VIDEO]
The Jodi Arias trial comes to an end as Friday, May 3, marks the final day for closing arguments. Be sure to watch the end of the Jodi Arias trial on the live stream below.
On June 4, 2008, Jodi Arias gruesomely murdered her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in his home in Mesa, Arizona. Alexander was shot and stabbed nearly 30 times, and his throat was cut from ear to ear. Jodi Arias, 32, is charged with first-degree murder.
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Jodi Arias insists she is a victim, claiming she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense when he attacked her after a day of sex. According to Arias, Alexander was a cheating womanizer who physically and emotionally abused her. If the jury decides that Arias is telling the truth, the first-degree murder charge, which requires premeditated intent intent to end someone's life, could be reduced to a manslaughter charge, as experiencing the abuse Arias describes can serve as extenuating circumstances. Because such circumstances could shift the crime from premeditated, brutal murder to necessary self-defense in a moment of crisis, the verdict in the Jodi Arias trial lies in the final diagnosis of Jodi Arias’ psychological condition.
Earlier in the trial, psychologist Richard Samuels testified on behalf of Jodi Arias, claiming that she was unable to remember the details of the murder. Samuels determined Arias suffered a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as she displayed symptoms consistent of a woman that endured domestic violence.
Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez, the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias trial, is not convinced by her defense, claiming she was an obsessed ex-girlfriend that would not stop harassing Alexander. According to Martinez, Arias has lied from the beginning in an attempt to trick the jury into seeing her as a victim.
In closing arguments yesterday, Juan Martinez angrily denied Arias's claim of self-defense, declaring Arias a manipulative liar capable of murdering Alexander. Raising his voice and pounding on the table, Martinez said Arias was deceiving the jury by misrepresenting the brutal murder of Alexander as self-defense.
"That's what she wants you to believe," said Martinez. "But actually, in reality, it's this." Prosecutor Juan Martinez held up the photo of Travis Alexander's dead body in a highly graphic autopsy picture.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Jodi Arias faces a potential death sentence or life in prison. However, a lesser conviction for manslaughter would carry a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison.
Don't miss the dramatic end of the Jodi Arias Trial. Watch the trial online via the live stream below:
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