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Police detective testifies about Arias' retrieval of gun

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After months of testimony, the Jodi Arias murder trial is wrapping up and the final witnesses have been called to the stand.

We've learned closing arguments should begin May 2 and May 3, with the case going to the jury soon after. But there are still some loose ends to tie up before then -- and that was the focus Wednesday.

Travis Alexander's closet. Jodi Arias testified she ran into it, stepped on a shelf, reached up to the top and grabbed Travis' gun to defend herself when he attacked her.

Mesa Police Detective Esteban Flores disputed that story on the witness stand. Flores said Travis didn't have a gun.

"Was there ever a holster that was found? Gun case?"
"No," said Flores.
"Any indications a gun had been there, like spare bullets?"
"Nothing."

The detective said that if Travis stowed a gun high up in his closet, he doubted Jodi could've stepped on a shelf to snatch it, because the shelves wouldn't have supported her weight.

"They are free floating shelves on shelf pins, small pins, the shelves are very light material," Flores testified.

The jury clearly doubts it as well, judging from their questions read by the judge.

"Was there any record of a gun registration under Travis' name?"
"No there was not," said Flores.
"Were any of the shoes out of place when detectives arrived on the scene?"
"Nothing appeared out of place."
"To your knowledge did either of Travis' two roommates at the time own a gun?"
"No they did not," said Flores.

There are still a few more witnesses planned. The medical examiner returns Thursday. There's no court on Friday, Monday or Tuesday. Then another psychologist will testify as an expert witness for the defense.

Tuesday, prosecutor Juan Martinez brought up five witnesses in rapid-fire succession. It was a parade of witnesses.

The prosecutor presented a video clip to show Alexander cared about Arias, included her in his circle of friends and didn't keep her hidden away as his dirty little secret.

There were witnesses to show Arias planned to kill Alexander, bought a gas can in California and filled it with gas outside Arizona so there'd be no paper trail of filling up with fuel here.

Alexander's ex-girlfriend, Deanna Reid, testified he was a gentleman, not a pervert.

"We never really got mad at each other. We had a fun relationship and we liked being together," said Reid.

But defense attorneys countered Alexander's former girlfriend didn't really know him, at least not sexually and that there was another side to Alexander that came out when he was with Arias, a side that veered from adventurousness into depravity.

The jury has been presented with competing narratives of Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias.

Was she a vengeful, calculating woman bent on murder, or an abused woman who was protecting herself when she killed Alexander? Only time will tell what the jury decides.

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