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The Jodi Arias murder trial will resume on Wednesday, with the final witnesses set to take to the stand before closing arguments take place this week. The trial coverage can be watched online through free live stream via the player below.
Lawyers will call the remainder of their witnesses, and Judge Sherry Stephens has said that closing arguments will be scheduled for May 2 and May 3. After that, jurors will be given the task to deliberate.
Arias faces the death penalty if she is convicted of the first degree murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. However, her defense lawyers will be hoping that the jurors believe her account of what happened and that she killed Alexander in self-defense.
If Arias is convicted of manslaughter then she could be sentenced from seven to 21 years in prison, instead of the death penalty for first degree murder. If she is given a prison sentence then she will also get credit for the 4.5 years she has already spent in jail waiting for her trial to take place.
Alexander was found dead in his Mesa house, in the bathroom, with 27 stab wounds around his body, as well as a slit throat and a gunshot wound to the head.
Testimony has now been moving forward for three months, and the intensity of the trial has at times shown clearly on the defendant's appearance - she has at times been very emotional, distressed and cried during the proceedings.
Prosecutors have said that Arias planned the brutal killing of her boyfriend, and was fully aware of what she was doing. However, Arias has claimed the killing was committed in self defense, and the defense team has tried to portray her as the victim.
They have pointed to Travis Alexander as a type of bully and hypocrite, who had long imposed his own will on Arias and forced her into the killing by making her fear for her own life.
The prosecution has highlighted that Arias has changed her story multiple times. She initially told authorities that she had nothing to do with the killing and was not even with him at the time. However, she later changed that story to blame the death on masked intruders. Finally her defense team admitted that she had killed Alexander but put forward the self defense explanation.
The trial can be watched online through free live stream via the video player below: