An Arizona prosecutor will continue his cross-examination today of Jodi Arias, a 32-year-old photographer accused of first-degree murder in the brutal 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
In cross-examination Thursday Arias, on the witness stand for a ninth day, faced her prosecutor's questions for the first time, with Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez attacking her credibility over the course of six hours.
Arias, during eight days of questioning by her own lawyers, told jurors intimate details of her sex life with ex-lover Travis Alexander, including some allegations: like catching him masturbating to pictures of boys. But Martinez, finally beginning his cross-examination, often drew blanks from her.
"You had a lot of memory for a lot of events involving sexual instances with Mr. Alexander, but you seem to be having problems with your memory here today," Martinez said, trying to cast Arias as a liar.
"What factors influence you having a memory problem?" Martinez asked.
"Usually, when men like you are screaming at me or grilling me, it makes my brain scramble," Arias replied.
Arias, 32, is in the 24th day of her trial for the June 4, 2008, slaying of Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., apartment. She faces the death penalty if convicted. She testified last week that she shot and stabbed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her for dropping his camera.
If convicted, Arias faces the death penalty.
Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Monday:
02/25/2013 6:38 PM EST
Judge Sherry Stephens has recessed court until 12:30 p.m. ET., Tuesday. At that time Martinez will continue his cross-examination of Arias.
02/25/2013 6:37 PM EST
It's funny how Juan Martinez has to explain things to #JodiArias in simple terms. 😂— ⚜Savanna⚜ (@SavannaWallace_) February 25, 2013
02/25/2013 6:36 PM EST
Take A Hint
Martinez appears to be suggesting Arias can't or won't take a hint when people don't want her around.
02/25/2013 6:31 PM EST
Martinez is asking Arias about her previous relationships with men.
02/25/2013 6:26 PM EST
Martinez asked Arias if she is capable of making decisions on her own. Arias replied, "Yes."
02/25/2013 6:23 PM EST
Cat & Mouse Games
She is back to her smug, cat and mouse type answers #arias— hillski (@hillski) February 25, 2013
02/25/2013 6:22 PM EST
"So what you're saying is it wasn't your fault ... He's the reason why you were in Arizona," Martinez asked.
"I wouldn't characterize it that way," Arias replied.
02/25/2013 6:20 PM EST
The Arizona Move
Martinez is playing another clip from the CBS "48 Hours" interview, where Arias discussed her move to Arizona, saying Alexander convinced her to make the move.
02/25/2013 6:18 PM EST
Martinez brought up Arias and Alexander's June 2007 split and discussed her financial well being at that time and her lack of need for financial support from Alexander.
The Huffington Post is live blogging Monday's testimony. Check back here for updates.