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Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Psychologist Set To Continue Testimony (LIVE UPDATES)

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How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 32?
How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 32?

The Jodi Arias murder trial is set to resume in Arizona on Monday with the defense calling their psychologist to the stand again.

Arias concluded her 18th day of testimony last week. On Thursday the defense called their next witness, mental health expert Richard Samuels.

Samuels testified about Arias' mental state before and after the June 2008 shooting, stabbing and slashing of Travis Alexander. Arias, 32, is charged with first-degree murder and faces the death penalty if convicted.

“She was not able to tell her family about what happened," Samuels said. "She was not able to tell anybody about what happened. And this is a classic symptom of an acute stress disorder.” That disorder developed into post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, he said.

Arias told jurors she killed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her for dropping his camera. Prosecutors say the murder was premeditated and fueled by jealously.

The trial is set to resume at about 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, when Samuels is expected to resume his testimony.

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

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The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Tuesday at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

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"With regard to these photographs ... she was not suffering any of these foggy memories, was she," Martinez asked.

"The foggy memory occurred at the time of the killing," Samuels replied.

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Martinez just showed Samuels the nude photos of Arias.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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"This test is only as good as the person filling it out," Martinez said.

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"Perhaps I should have re-administered that test," Samuels said.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Martinez pointed out that some of Arias answer's -- especially regarding sexual assault and childhood abuse -- do not match her earlier testimony.

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Martinez pointed out Arias took the PTS test on Jan. 15, 2010 -- when she was still telling the story that two intruders had killed Alexander.

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Martinez is showing Samuels the answers Arias gave for the PSD test that are on a sheet of paper, compared to the answers Samuels had entered into the actual test.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Samuels said he transposed Arias' test answers from his notes to her test page.

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Martinez is showing Samuels raw data from Arias PDS test.

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Martinez pointed out people can lie when giving test answers.

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Samuels said he has administered the post-traumatic stress test 15 times throughout his career.

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Martinez is questioning Samuels about the tests that were administered to Arias.

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Martinez is questioning Samuels about his New Jersey sanction.

Samuels said he was exonerated in Arizona. Martinez is pointing that in New Jersey Samuels had to enter into an agreement not to cross boundaries with clients. He was also fined and had to complete continuing education on ethics.

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"Isn't it true you were assisting her by giving her this [self-help] book," Martinez asked.

"Yes," Samuels replied.

"That creates an issue of your objectivity in this case doesn't it," Martinez asked.

"I didn't think so," Samuels said.

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"You didn't inform anyone in the jail," Martine asked.

"No I did not contact anyone within the jail," Samuels said.

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"You had a duty .. to notify someone didn't you," Martinez asked Samuels in regard to Arias being suicidal.

"Yes, her attorney was informed," Samuels said.

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"She told us she was suicidal," Samuels said. "But I didn't mean she was going to kill herself right there."

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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"It wasn't a gift," Samuels said.

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"So here you are buying her a gift," Martinez said, in regard to the book Samuels gave Arias.

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Samuels admitted he gave Arias a card and a self-help book.

"There seems to be a little bit of blurring of the lines here wouldn't you agree," Martinez asked.

"No," Samuels replied.

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Martinez is questioning Samuels about a card he sent to Arias.

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The trial is back in session.

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The judge has called recess. The live blog will continue when the trial resumes at 6:10 p.m. Eastern time.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge. The defense objected to the prosecutors line of questioning regarding Samuels' involvement in the case.

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

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