The media circus that is Jodi Arias' murder trial is in its final stretch, as the jury resumes deliberations Monday.
The jury, which has been in court since January, heard closing arguments Friday and now sets about the task to determine the fate of the woman accused of murdering her boyfriend nearly five years ago.
It's been an R-rated story, to say the least, with an abundance of testimony about grizzly violence and, from Arias, details about a kinky sex life she says she shared with Alexander.
The case has captured massive interest among Americans. While one part of the country watches CNN's sister network HLN for every twist in the trial, or drives hours to get one of the limited lottery seats in the courtroom (yes, they're now doled out via lottery), another segment of the nation asks, "Jodi who?"
For those of you in the latter category, here are some things you should know as the trial comes to a close:
Lost in the salacious details of the "Jodi Arias trial" is the victim, Travis Alexander, 30, who was brutally killed in his Mesa, Arizona, home in June 2008.
Faith was an integral part of Alexander's life. The professed son of methamphetamine addicts, Alexander was raised in Riverside, California, with three brothers and four sisters. His grandmother introduced him to Mormonism as a child.
After he graduated from high school he went on a two-year mission in Denver. He later moved to Mesa because of the strong Mormon community and became a motivational speaker and businessman. He also authored a book titled, "Raising You."
Arias was living in Yreka, California when she met Alexander at a business convention in Las Vegas in September 2006. That November, he baptized Arias into the Mormon faith, a ceremony Arias said was followed by anal sex.
Arias became his girlfriend two months later, she testified, and they dated for less than a year.
They broke up in the summer of 2007 and Alexander began dating other women. There were claims that Arias would stalk him, peering in his windows at times. Still he and Arias continued to hang out on several occasions until, disenchanted Arias says, she moved back to northern California. They continued to communicate.
The prosecution's case
Alexander's naked body was found crammed in a stand-up shower after he missed two appointments, prompting friends to go to his house. He had been stabbed 27 times in the back and torso and shot in the head. His throat was slit from ear to ear.
Arias initially told an investigator, "I heard a lot of rumors, and that there was a lot of blood." She later claimed she killed him, albeit in self-defense.
Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez has accused Arias of playing the victim when, in fact, he alleges she staged the crime scene to make it look like self-defense and has actively sought to profit from the media attention.
Prior to Alexander's killing, Martinez said, Arias stole her grandparents' .25-caliber pistol, rented a car in Redding, California, turned off her cell phone and brought along cans of gas so there would be no record that she was in Arizona.
"The only reason to keep this whole thing a secret, which is what she tried to do, is because she was going to kill him, and she's making preparations," the prosecutor said.
Finally, according to Martinez's closing argument, after she killed Alexander, she hooked up with an out-of-state romantic interest so she would have an alibi.
"She continues on to Utah into his waiting arms. Gosh, you can almost hear the violins making their sound as she goes up to him, gives him that first kiss. Isn't that romantic?" Martinez said.
Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott has said Arias was the victim of a controlling, psychologically abusive relationship and that Alexander considered Arias "his dirty little secret."
Before Arias killed her ex in self-defense, Willmott claimed, she was subjected to rough vaginal sex. After she dropped Alexander's new camera, he became violent, the defense said, and had Arias not defended herself, investigators would've found Arias, not Alexander, dead in the bathroom.
Arguing the prosecution's position that Arias was obsessed with Alexander and stalking him, another defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi, has said it didn't add up because Arias was active on a Mormon dating site.
"Jodi ... wasn't so locked in on Travis that she wasn't looking for other men," Nurmi said.