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Well right now closing arguments about to begin the -- areas murder trial after months -- sensational and often bizarre testimony Rick is live.
With a recap from our newsroom right.
Well -- six years after Travis Alexander's brutal death.
Five years after being charged with first degree murder the closing arguments in the -- areas trial are finally about to get under way areas.
At first denying any involvement in the killing only to change her story two years after she was arrested saying she did it in self defense.
Did you killed Travis Alexander -- June 4 2008.
So it's extremely confident that management would convict me because I didn't expect any need to be here.
Alexander was shot in the head stabbed repeatedly his throat was slit.
The prosecutors said she acted in a fit of jealous rage over news that her ex boyfriend -- -- -- -- board the defense said he was abusive.
And presented a domestic violence expert who clashed with the prosecutor during cross examination.
You can tell.
What an individual.
Many years ago.
Was feeling just by looking at a Texas is what you're telling -- right.
When I'm telling you is -- looking into mini -- text messages mini mini communications.
That's what I had to go on and win that is consistent.
I feel like back.
This is a pretty straightforward services -- which.
Ultimately what you're saying is that you are they not human lie detector right.
Gosh I didn't.
Think -- -- same instrument.
-- Not a trial also featured the unusual aspect of allowing the jury to ask questions questions that were read do witnesses in this case -- areas by the judge.
After you -- Travis -- -- and helping parents to get away.
Okay this -- that is back after I shut him.
I didn't notice him back after the -- and I sealant.
He was thinking immediately fell over and he was trying to get on top of me.
It's hard to describe it feared.
It was it was like my health care.
Darius is charged with premeditated first degree murder but the jury could predictor of lesser charges.
But should they find her guilty of murder in the first degree -- Arizona does have the death penalty so that would be in play back to you.
Rick thank you.
Well for more on this long and sensational trial let's bring in criminal defense attorney Brian play pool also former federal prosecutor.
Gentlemen I want to let you know what's going on in the courtroom right now apparently the judge has taken the attorneys into chambers.
Along with the -- And apparently two people who appear to be members of the family of the victim.
You know we don't know what they're talking about but Fred what would occasion that kind of a meeting.
-- -- you know I John I -- diet that's that's a tough one to figure out I think the only thing that could not could possibly be a is is that they're concerned about some of the things that Juan Martinez is gonna go through some of the pictures he's gonna show.
Autopsy photos graphic horrible horrible pains and I think the judge may be instructing the family members that look.
We'll have no emotional outburst we'll have no crying you need to sit there stoically and -- -- because she's a defendant a party.
Has a right to be there for that type of a conference and say maturity she needs to sit there quietly.
All right but Brian does not give her some kind of an advantage if she.
If she sees this evidence ahead of the prosecution's finale.
Why don't think it gives it an advantage and I think Fred's right I think really what they're doing is -- previewing.
What evidence that Juan Martinez is gonna show in front of the the jury to make sure the family's going to be OK with that.
So they have an option to leave the courtroom and also might be an issue they're talking about in terms of what's called -- -- evidence to make sure that.
Not too much of these photographs of Travis being killed are shown.
To the jury.
Brian let me stay with you for this question because you say.
That the fact that the jurors were still writing out questions as recently as yesterday questions to be posted -- areas the defendant here.
That doesn't bode well you say for the prosecution one.
Well John absolutely.
Mean it give jurors are writing questions and taking notes on the defense's last.
Expert in this case who's talking about -- having post traumatic stress disorder.
I think there's a good shot that she still in the game here for second degree murder.
And not first degree murder if these jurors had made up their mind that they're gonna convict her of first degree murder rest assured they would not be taking notes down.
And writing questions on the last day trial.
Fred what do you think about that here.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I've and I've never been able to do it.
I could -- -- -- to that there are jurors or show convinced that she's guilty.
They know that there's some people who hold now and they're -- questions get the information that they need.
To beat those holdouts over the head the other thing too is I think jurors take their wrote the very very seriously.
And they're going to give everybody a fair opportunity.
I don't know why the judge let this -- defense witness testify thought it was a mistake but ultimately I think.
You know finding beyond a percent right this is like trying to forget what's gonna close -- but -- don't say it do you still think Fred I mean -- Told a couple of whopper is.
In the days after the murder.
And it and seemed to think that she could get away -- she has now admitted the murder.
But says that he was abusive and it was just a self defense case do you see the possibility of her walking here.
It you know like John like I say it all the time -- may not be right but I'm committed to my position I don't see it and I'll tell you why because she's trying to get yourself acquitted.
If she'd come in and said you know watched -- guided beat me a stolen gun like could live in the fear any -- stolen night.
I went there to confront them and then did graphic testimony about -- you really you know we -- we try to make love we tried to save -- he went I snapped I like crazy.
I killed almost out of my shot I did all these things and then ran she would have a chance of getting to second degree European passion but she's trying to get yourself equated.
And some of the testimony.
And somebody evidence particularly this evidence of this magazines.
That she tried to sneak out of the prison if she told her friend -- she messed up when she loved Ireland's worst language.
When she didn't get her story straight I think the evidence of this woman's guilt.
Metal -- intentions and and just.
-- horrible horrible acts including walking up -- this guy's lying bleeding from 27 stab wounds and shooting him in the head is he lying on the ground.
I think he's going to convict her first screamer all right Brian let's get a.
Very quick assessment from you on here on the state in this case you.
No way John I don't think there's going to be a first degree murder conviction I'll play why there's no gun there's no knife and -- area since she shot Travis Alexander.
Inadvertently that she didn't need to pull that trigger Juan Martinez made a colossal error in this case John.
He failed to put on a forensic pathologist to give this jury a specific alternative way in which the shooting occurred to show the jury exactly.
How she killed Travis solid general public he didn't -- the jury in our issues and I think they're fundamentally second rumor she and that's.
Here's -- literally just I think gunshot came second yeah thank president we're gonna have to let it go this case will go on we'll follow it.
Brian play pool Fred he's you thank you bill.
Thanks Sam --
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