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Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Scrambles To Undo Damage (LIVE UPDATES)

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The defense team in Jodi Arias' murder trial is in damage control mode Tuesday as they try to undo a blistering cross-examination that poked gaping holes in the defendant's story.

If Monday was any indication of what's to come, the task before the defense is a daunting one.

Defense attorney Kurt Nurmi attempts to undo the damage inflicted by prosecutor Juan Martinez during five long days of heated cross examination was widely viewed as a disaster by legal analysts and talking heads.

In court proceedings Monday, Nurmi achieved little more than reinforcing the image of his client having a raunchy sex life, without seeming to prove that she was intimidated and exploited by her ex-boyfriend, as the defense is trying to prove.

Arias, 32, is accused of the June 4, 2008 slaying of Travis Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., home. Alexander was stabbed 27 times, shot twice in the face and his throat was slashed. Arias' attorney's say she killed in self-defense. She faces the death penalty if convicted.

As the questioning progressed Monday, jurors got to hear Arias talk of anal sex, oral sex, and fetishism involving candy.

Trial watchers got to hear how many times Arias had anal sex; how no commercial lubricant was used the first time with Alexander, "I think he might've spit on his hand," Arias said, and how Tootsie Pops were used in her sexcapades.

In one of the most talked-about moments, Arias spoke of Alexander ejaculating in her face.

"Sometimes it hurt if it got in my eyes," she said in open court.

The relevance? Apparently only Nurmi knows.

While the sex testimony may have been of interest to some, there is no doubting that the momentum in the trial slowed significantly during Nurmi's redirect.

The defense is expected to continue their redirect of Arias' testimony when court resumes at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Tuesday:

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The judge has called the evening recess.

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The defense has ended redirect.

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"I wanted to be dead," Arias said, regarding her feelings after Alexander's death.

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"Was there a secret life going on behind those doors," Nurmi asked in regard to Alexander's bedroom.

"Yes," Arias replied.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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"What was the benifit of you lying to all these people [about your involvement in Alexander's murder]," Nurmi asked.

"I just didn't want people do know that I could have done something like that," Arias said. "I considered myself a nice person and I could not believe that had happened."

Arias added, "I didn't want certain details of our sex life [to be known] ... and I didn't want anyone to know about the violence."

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In regard to creating an alibi, Arias she was worried about the repercussions of Alexander's death.

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"Do you remember grabbing the gun," Nurmi asked.

"I don’t remember grabbing the gun," Arias replied.

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Arias said she did not plan to kill Alexander on June 4, 2008.

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Arias is using a diagram of Alexander's home to show the path she took to the closet.

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Arias said she thinks the gun was in a holster.

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Arias is talking again about how she ran into Alexander's closet after he allegedly body-slammed her.

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Arias said things happened very fast after she dropped the camera.

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Arias is explaining where she was standing when Alexander allegedly tackled her.

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Arias said she was squatting when she dropped the camera.

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Arias is showing Nurmi on a diagram where she was in Alexander's bathroom when she dropped his camera.

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Nurmi is questioning Arias about the shower photos. He is attempting to show Alexander was a willing participant in the photo shoot.

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Nurmi showed Arias a photo of Alexander in the shower and she said she was not aware he had shaved that day.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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"The events of June 4 2008 -- Do u want to remember those," Nurmi asked Arias.

"There is a part of me that does not want to remember it ... [but] I feel like I am the person who deserves to sit with those memories that I don't have right now," Arias replied.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Arias said she does not remember stabbing Alexander or slashing his throat. Although she does not remember, Arias said it is a logical assumption that she did it.

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Arias is back on the stand.

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The judge has called recess. The live blog with resume when court goes back in session at 5:10 p.m. ET.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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The Huffington Post is live blogging Tuesday's testimony. Check back here for updates.

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