Jodi Arias trial nearing an end

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The sordid and blood-stained saga of Jodi Ann Arias and her lover Travis Alexander may finally be nearing an end in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Late Wednesday afternoon Judge Sherry Stephens told jurors in Arias's media-mesmerized murder trial that they will hear closing arguments in the marathon case on Thursday and Friday of next week.

The announcement came on the 53rd day in court stretching over nearly four months.

When they begin their deliberations, the jurors will be deciding the fate of the 32-year-old Arias who stands accused of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Alexander.