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Jodi Arias defense nears end of its case after more than 3-month murder trial in Phoenix

Jodi Arias, right, talks to her attorney, Jennifer Wilmott during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix   on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.  Arias is on trial for the killing  Travis Alexander, in 2008.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)

Jodi Arias, right, talks to her attorney, Jennifer Wilmott during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Arias is on trial for the killing Travis Alexander, in 2008. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The defense is nearing the end of its case in the Jodi Arias murder trial that's been going on in Phoenix for more than three months.

The prosecutor and defense have presented dueling portraits of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander — that of a man who feared for his life and a manipulative liar who courted multiple women while claiming to be a virgin.

Both sides 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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