Jodi Arias sentencing retrial: Defense rests its case

There are big developments in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial; the defense has rested its case.

We're also learning that Jodi Arias will not be on the stand as the prosecution starts its rebuttal.

Prosecutors also say they will not strike her testimony given during two days last fall when media and the public were kicked out of the courtroom.

Instead, prosecutors began making their own case, calling their own witnesses.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez called Deanna Reid to the witness stand. Travis Alexander dated her before he dated Jodi Arias.

Reid explicitly and firmly denied Travis abused her in any way. 

The defense made much of a claim from an unnamed witness that Travis threw Deanna Down, saying "Get it through your bleeping head, I am not going to marry you." 

Deanna said that never happened. 

Then Arias defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott got up to cross-examine Reid based on her earlier statements in a transcript, but Reid refused to answer her questions unless she could hear an audio recording of what she'd told attorneys earlier during preparations for the trial.

At that point, the judge ended court for the day. 

Earlier Abe Abdelhadi testified for the prosecutors. He said he was a higher-up in a multi-level marketing company that Travis worked for. Abdelhabi said he met Jodi Arias there, went to dinner with her, made out with her, and then they drifted away. He says Jodi got in touch with him a year later, saying she was dating Travis, told him about Abe, and Travis was mad.

Abdelhabi said he thought this behavior was peculiar.

The trial is scheduled to start on Wednesday at 1:30 in the afternoon. After that the next court session is next Monday.

FOX 10's Troy Hayden and Steve Krafft will be tweeting from the courtroom. Follow them at @TroyHaydenFOX10and @SKrafftFOX10 

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