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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 2:00 pm | Updated: 3:35 pm, Thu Mar 29, 2012.

The first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Martinson is coming close to the end.

Only two weeks remain in a trial that took seven years to happen and close to three months to pan out.

On Tuesday, Detective Sandra Rodriguez took the stand once more to clarify answers given in earlier testimony.

Rodriguez clarified her timeline of events on Aug. 29, 2004, the day Joshua Eberle-Martinson was found dead in his father's Ahwatukee Foothills apartment. Rodriguez said she was called from her home to respond to the scene at 9:08 p.m. She said she arrived on scene at 9:37 p.m. and conducted interviews until the police had a search warrant to enter the house at 12:45 a.m. on Monday morning.

Rodriguez said she left the apartment at around 2 a.m., and went to the hospital where Martinson had been transferred to have his stomach pumped after an apparent attempted suicide. Martinson was transported from the hospital to an interrogation room where he was questioned for close to seven hours before being arrested at 10:07 a.m.

Rodriguez testified that she did not notice any bug spray odor in the home, something the defense says could have contributed to Joshua's death. She also testified that the foam that was found coming from Joshua's nose could have been a sign of drowning.

The defense repeated a statement Rodriguez had made during an earlier testimony that both lies and truths during interrogation could be important to determining a suspect's innocence. The defense argued that if Martinson had been telling the truth nine times out of 10, perhaps it could be inferred that he had been telling the truth the entire time.

Martinson had told the truth about going to Bagelnosh on Saturday morning with Karla Ramos and Joshua. He had also told the truth about taking some prescription pills on Saturday night and not giving any to Joshua. Rodriguez testified that she did not confirm Martinson's statements about his relationship with Kristin Eberle, Joshua's mother, and their on-going custody battle.

The trial was expected to last until Friday, but closing arguments have been moved back to Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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