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Jodi Arias Trial: Sex, Memory Problems Highlighted During Day 48

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Jodi Arias in court Monday during cross-examination by the prosecution. (Photo via Pool Camera) | In Session -- Pool Camera

Accused murderer Jodi Arias' 11th day on the witness stand was dominated by testimony about sex and memory problems.

Less than five minutes after the first-degree murder trial in Phoenix resumed for its 48th day, Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez called out Arias for failing to remember details of the case. "Do you have a problem with your memory?" Martinez asked.

Trial-watchers have heard the veteran prosecutor ask Arias that same question multiple times since cross-examination began last week.

"I don't think I have a problem," Arias replied.

Arias, 32, is on trial in the June 2008 slaying of her ex-lover Travis 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. Alexander had become increasingly violent and sexually demanding, she testified, and she claimed to have caught him masturbating to a picture of a young boy. The prosecution contends she murdered Alexander in a jealous rage.

Tuesday's first reference to Arias' questionable memory came during questioning about her high school boyfriend, Bobby Juarez. Arias testified she had visited a library in 1998 to use a computer. Arias said she snooped into Juarez' Hotmail email account, then confronted her former boyfriend about messages she had read.

"In your personal dealings, you don't waste any time do you?" Martinez asked.

"No, I'm a procrastinator," Arias replied.

Arias appeared confused by some of Martinez follow-up questions, prompting him to ask, "Are you having problems understanding?"

Arias replied: "Sometimes, because you go in circles … You're making my brain scramble."

Martinez' aggressive questioning and posture was a distraction, Arias said, adding, "I'm not having a problem telling the truth."

Later, Martinez played several video clips from Arias' 2008 interview with the CBS news show "48 Hours." In one of the clips, Arias said she was "angry and outraged" that Alexander was killed. "I cannot imagine what his family is going through," Arias added.

At the time of the interview, Arias was telling investigators that two intruders had killed Alexander. She later changed her story, saying she killed him in self-defense.

Martinez then entered into evidence a message Arias left in a guestbook at Alexander's memorial service. The message read, in part: "Travis, you're beautiful on the inside and out."

Martinez asked: "So you think somebody who masturbates to pictures of little boys is beautiful on in the inside, right?"

The prosecutor was referring to Aris' earlier testimony in which she alleged she had once caught Alexander masturbating to a photo of a little boy.

"I don’t think that aspect of him is beautiful at all. I think it’s sickening," testified Arias.

"He hated those parts of himself. It's not who he wanted to be ... I believed that he could get better ... I believe he had aspects of himself that are beautiful and ugly, just as I do," Arias said.

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Questioning by Martinez turned sexual when he asked Arias about a recorded phone sex conversation with Alexander that was previously played for the jury. Martinez drilled into a discussion of Arias talking about the merits of the sexual lubricant K-Y Jelly.

"You introduced the K-Y into the relationship to make it more sexually enjoyable, right?" Martinez asked, saying Arias was neither shy nor innocent when she got together with Alexander.

"Yes," Arias replied.

Martinez questioned Arias' earlier testimony that Alexander sometimes made her feel like a prostitute. Arias elaborated Tuesday, saying, "When he [ejaculates] on my face and throws candy my way, [it] kind of makes me feel like a prostitute."

Martinez then entered into evidence a text message that Arias sent to Alexander, saying she wanted to give Alexander oral sex and have him ejaculate on her face.

The line of questioning ended shortly thereafter, with court recessing early. Arias, according to her attorney, was not feeling well. Court is scheduled to resume at 12:15 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, when the cross-examination of Arias will resume.

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Judge Stephens has recessed court for the evening.

Arias' attorney, Kurt Nurmi, took up some issues with the judge. Nurmi said Arias is not receiving her lunches from the sheriff's department during the trial and is having migraine headaches. Judge Sherry Stephens said she would address the issues.

Court will resume at 12:15 p.m. ET., Wednesday.

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Judge Sherry Stephens has called another recess. The live blog will continue when the trial resumes at roughly 5:35 p.m. ET.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Jodi Arias is back on the stand.

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Judge Sherry Stephens has called recess. The live blog will continue when the trial resumes at 5:25 p.m. ET.

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Martinez showed the jury a text Arias sent to Alexander, in which she said she wanted to give him oral sex and have him ejaculate on her face.

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The Attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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"[You Moved] the relationship ahead by using the KY," Martinez said.

Arias said if they would not have used KY they would have used something else.

Martinez then references Arias' earlier testimony that she sometimes felt like a prostitute. Arias expanded on that today, saying, "When he [ejaculates] on my face and throws candy my way [it] kind of makes me feel like a prostitute," Arias said.

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"You introduced the KY into the relationship to make it more sexually enjoyable, right," Martinez asked.

"Yes," Arias replied.

"It looks like both of you were experimenting sexual together," Martinez said.

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Martinez is playing a clip from the sex tape, during which Arias talked about the merits of KY jelly.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Martinez asked Arias about a picture of Alexander's genitalia that she received in a text message. Arias said she liked the picture and was not offended by it.

Arias also said she sent Alexander photos of her chest that she took with her cellphone.

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In the video clip Martinez played, Arias said "It was hard to tell Travis no," regarding their regular booty calls after their split up. "It was always mutual," Arias said, of the sex.

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Martinez is playing another clip from Arias' 2008 interview with "48 Hours."

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Martinez is questioning Arias about previous testimony she gave that she was uncomfortable the first time she and Alexander had oral sex.

Martinez asked Arias if she could have stopped the activity. She said she could have, but didn't.

"I felt ... it would have been a blow to his ego," Arias said.

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Martinez is talking about Arias' move from Mesa, Ariz., to Yreka, Calif.

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"So you think somebody who masturbates to photos of little boys is beautiful right," Martinez asked. The prosecutor was referring to the note Arias left in Alexander's memorial book and her earlier testimony in which she alleged she caught Alexander masturbating to a photo of a little boy.

"He hated those parts of himself. It's not who he wanted to be ... I believed that he could get better ... I believe he had aspects of himself that are beautiful and ugly, just as i do," Arias replied.

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Martinez has entered into evidence a note that Arias left in a guestbook at Alexander's memorial service.

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Martinez is asking Arias about a trip Alexander was supposed to take to Cancun, Mexico, prior to his murder. Martinez asked Arias if she knew Alexander had planned to go with someone else and she said yes.

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Martinez showed the jury a text message Arias sent to Alexander after he allegedly abused her. The prosecutors intent was apparently to show Arias was still on friendly terms with Alexander and made no mention of any incidents of abuse in her text.

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Martinez showed the jury a photo of Arias and Alexander standing next to each other. The photo was entered into evidence to show they were close to the same height.

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