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Arias trial: State rests, juror 8 dismissed

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It was a big day in the Jodi Arias trial.  Not only did the state rest its case, but another juror was dismissed and Jodi spent much of the morning sobbing during testimony.

And then there were 15.  Juror #8 was dismissed from the jury -- the third juror to leave the panel in the nearly four-month old trial.

"Ladies and gentleman the court has excused juror number eight from further participation in this case," said Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens.

There was no reason given. His chair was empty and he was not in court. We're trying to find out more about him.

For the final day of testimony, prosecutor Juan Martinez called his last rebuttal witness to the stand -- the medical examiner.

Arias cried in court while Dr. Kevin Horn testified. 

Horn performed the autopsy on Travis Alexander.  He claims the gun shot injury through Travis' brain would have rendered him unconscious in a second or two -- meaning Travis wouldn't have been able to fight back against Jodi had he been shot first.

And because there are defensive knife wounds on his hands, this suggests first Jodi stabbed Travis, then slashed his throat when he was down on his hands and knees, then shot him in the head.

"Again because of the injury to the brain, the information processing part of the brain would have rendered him unable to raise his hands to offer any sort of purposeful action or to verbalize anything," Horn explained.

Jodi's defense team pointed out it's hard to know the exact path the bullet took because Travis' brain had decomposed before the autopsy. But the medical examiner didn't waver.

Jodi appeared to be very emotional as she listened to all the details.  I noticed she looked away from the computer screens and monitors showing the grisly autopsy photos. Members of Travis' family also averted their eyes.

Another odd moment in a trial filled with them -- a bomb-sniffing dog came into the courtroom and the hallway by the jury room. It was just a routine patrol, the sheriff's office said.

The prosecution is done presenting witnesses, but not the defense.  Jodi's attorneys will call another psychologist to the witness stand next Wednesday.

No court until then -- that will be the last witness.

Closing arguments are scheduled next Thursday and Friday and then the case goes to the jury.

For the latest news on the trial, go to myfoxphoenix.com/arias.

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