Prosecutor calls Jodi Arias a manipulative liar

6:34 PM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
Defendant Jodi Arias looks at the jury as they enter the courtroom during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Arias is on trial for the killing of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander in 2008. Arias claims self-defense but faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder (AP/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)
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PHOENIX (AP) - The prosecutor in Jodi Arias' murder trial has concluded closing arguments in a case that has dragged on for four months with sensational tales of sex, lies and a bloody killing.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez told jurors on Thursday that Arias is a manipulative liar who deserves to be punished for planning and carrying out a brutal murder on her one-time boyfriend.

Arias is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. Authorities say she planned the attack in a jealous rage. Arias initially denied involvement. She now says it was self-defense.

If convicted of first-degree murder, she faces a potential a death sentence or life in prison.

Defense attorneys are set to present closing arguments Friday

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