Arizona

Apr 16, 2013 1:40 PM by Associated Press

Defense rests case in Jodi Arias murder trial

PHOENIX - Jodi Arias' defense attorneys have rested their case after about 2 1/2 months of testimony.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez has started calling rebuttal witnesses in the trial that has been ongoing in Phoenix for more than three months.

Both sides have presented dueling portraits of Arias' ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander - that of a man who feared for his life and a manipulative, abusive liar.

Dueling attorneys also have presented conflicting portraits of Arias, as the defense works to show she's a domestic abuse victim who was forced to fight for her life while prosecutors say she was a scorned lover who planned his killing.

Arias claims self-defense but faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in Alexander's 2008 killing.

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