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"I understand that there will always be questions, but all I can do at this point is say what happened to the best of my recollection. If I’m convicted than that’s because of my own ..." she said, before prosecutor Juan Martinez objected and cut her off.

Martinez then began his own grilling, which will continue Wednesday.

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Laboy said Arias has been on the witness stand long enough.

"Let Jodi’s voice just end," he said. "Jurors may not be happy if they don’t have the last word."

Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, had been shot in the head and had his throat slit before Arias dragged his body into his shower, where it was found by friends about five days later.

Arias has acknowledged that she then dumped the gun in the desert, got rid of her bloody clothes, and left the victim a voicemail on his mobile phone within hours of killing him in an attempt to avoid suspicion. She says she was too scared and ashamed to tell the truth.

She initially told authorities she had nothing to do with the killing then blamed it on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she settled on self-defense.

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