By Hal Boedeker
2:00 PM EDT, April 29, 2013
One of my favorite moments in the sprawling Jodi Arias coverage came when ABC's Dan Abrams said, "At some point, you have to end the trial, right?"
That point is coming soon, people. Yes, our Jodi Arias nightmare is almost over.
"Arias jury gets case Friday," HLN headlined Monday.
The closing arguments in Arias' first-degree murder trial are set for Thursday. Then the jury will determine whether Arias gets the death penalty for killing former boyfriend Travis Alexander.
HLN, which has covered the trial exhaustively, might hope it would never end. Going nostalgic Monday, HLN has been replaying the trial's opening statements. HLN even turned the trial into a game show called "After Dark" with mock juries.
But the salacious content, tedious patches and horrible comments about the victim made the actual Arias trial quite a slog for many viewers. The worst of it may have been the many days that the forgetful Arias logged on the stand.
On ABC's "Good Morning America," criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos called leaving Arias there for so long "a very unconventional strategy."
He added: "What the defense did with her, by putting her on the stand for 17 or 18 days, is almost unheard of. In 30 years of practice, I've never seen it. But there is something to that. It's tougher to just put somebody to death when you've gotten to know them. Even if you don't necessarily like them, it's still somebody you know, and it's a little tougher to do."
Geragos said the outcome depends on one juror's mind and if that person can hang the jury.
Whatever the outcome, Jodi Arias will be off our TV screens soon. Cue the dancing in the streets.
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