Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens told the Jodi Arias jury that the guilt-and-innocence phase of the four-month-long murder trial will end a week from Friday, and the jury will begin deliberating then.
Arias, 32, is charged with the June 2008 killing of her secret lover, Travis Alexander, who was found shot and stabbed in his Mesa home. Her trial, which began Jan. 2, has been salacious fodder for TV and internet audiences. It has spawned an industry of trial coverage and inflamed passions of viewers in several countries.
Prosecutors charged that Arias killed her on-again-off-again boyfriend in a jealous rage after a final, X-rated tryst in 2008. Arias could face the death penalty if convicted.