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Jodi Arias, victim or perpetrator? Jury deliberation expected this week

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Wednesday, the Jodi Arias first-degree murder trial will begin a sprint to the finish line after four grueling months of testimony.

An expert witness will testify, followed by closing arguments Thursday and Friday. The case should be in the hands of the jury Friday night.

This case is not and has never been a whodunit. Jodi Arias admitted she killed Travis Alexander. The only questions are why, and whether and how she'll be punished.

The heart of Jodi Arias' defense is -- she was the victim. A victim of post-traumatic stress disorder. A victim of psychological domestic abuse at the hands of Travis Alexander.

"He is talking about her as less than human, calling her a pure whore," testified Alyce LaViolette, psychotherapist. "He is talking about people spitting in her face, he is calling her evil."

But under withering cross-examination, the defense experts were rambling and unpolished. The prosecution's expert testified almost matter-of-factly that Jodi Arias has borderline personality disorder:

She is the one who, driven by jealousy, went on a murderous two-minute rampage that left Travis in a bloody heap in his shower.

"In times when they feel they've been wronged in some way, someone has done something to hurt them, they have these violent outbursts that are described as seething, very angry," said Janeen DeMarte, clinical psychologist.

Very angry -- as in 27-stab-wounds,-shooting-and-throat-slashing angry.

The defense is obviously concerned jurors are buying this view of Jodi. So they're down to their final expert: Dr. Robert Geffner, a San Diego psychologist.

Wednesday, it falls to him to convince the jury that Jodi was actually fighting for her life when she took Travis'.

Dr. Geffner takes the stand at 9 a.m. He'll stay there as long as it takes to finish in one day.

Jury instructions come Thursday. The fate of Jodi Arias should be in the hands of the jury by Friday night. She could receive the death penalty in this first-degree murder trial.


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