Judge Sherry Stephens reads the jury instructions before prosecutor Juan Martinez makes his closing arguments in Jodi Arias' muder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Jurors deciding the fate of Jodi Arias will be allowed to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)
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