Closing arguments begin in Arias trial after a long Wednesday
People began lining up about 2 a.m. Wednesday in the hopes of getting one of the few open seats available for the last day of testimony in the Jodi Arias murder trial.
Dr. Robert Geffner, a psychologist, took the stand Wednesday,. (Source: KPHO-TV)
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The final day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Jodi Arias ended at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, about 11 hours after it began, and set the stage for closing arguments Thursday morning.
The long day was mandated by Judge Sherry Stephens, who scheduled final jury instructions for Thursday and closing arguments Thursday and Friday.
Thursday's proceedings were set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court and prosecutor Juan Martinez's was to be first up with closing arguments.
Public seating was going to be limited and available seats in the courtroom were going to be distributed via a lottery system. Cards were going to be distributed to those wanting seats, and any card with an "X" on it would allow the holder to enter the courtroom.
Proceedings Wednesday began with the defense calling a rebuttal witness to try to counteract the prosecution's experts from last week.
Dr. Robert Geffner is a psychologist whose whole purpose was to refute the borderline personality disorder diagnosis offered up last week by psychologist Dr. Janeen DeMarte.
Geffner testified, based on reviewing test results gathered by other doctors in this case, he believes Arias had post-traumatic stress disorder and says those tests couldn't have shown the borderline personality disorder diagnosis DeMarte says she found.
Geffner also spoke about the medical examiner's testimony, specifically about when the medical examiner said Alexander would have been immediately incapacitated after being shot in the head.
The curious were already lining up early Wednesday morning to get the best seats in court for the final day of testimony.
CBS 5 News reporter Jose Miguel said people began lining up for the limited available seating in the court about 2 a.m. Wednesday.
At least one person in line has not been persuaded by Arias that she killed her ex-lover, Travis Alexander, in self-defense. Alexander was stabbed nearly 30 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the head in his Mesa home in June 2008.
A woman who has been in court almost every day of the nearly four-month-long trial said she was looking for "justice for Travis."
"I wasn't familiar with the trial when I first came and then realized the horrible way he passed and wanted to see justice," the woman told CBS 5 News while waiting in line.
She said there is no doubt in her mind that Arias was lying during the 18 days she was on the witness stand. What convinced her?
"Watching Jodi testify. The rehearsed testimony that she gave, totally rehearsed. You could tell she rehearsed what she said for many years."
Arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted on the first-degree murder charge.
Jurors will have to sift through volumes of evidence and testimony from expert witnesses.
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