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Jodi Arias Trial: Will PTSD Defense Completely Unravel? (LIVE UPDATES)

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Arizona Prosecutor Juan Martinez will once again attempt to poke holes in Jodi Arias' defense, as his cross-examination of the accused murderer's psychologist continues today in an Arizona courtroom.

On Monday, the defense finished its direct examination of psychologist Richard Samuels. He testified Arias suffered from acute stress disorder, which developed into post-traumatic stress disorder. Samuels said he came to this conclusion after reviewing evidence in the case, examining Arias, and administering a test to diagnose PTSD.

During cross-examination, Martinez pointed out Arias was given the test for PTSD before she admitted to the June 2008 shooting, stabbing and slashing of Travis Alexander in his Mesa, Ariz., apartment.. At the time the test was given, in January 2010, Arias was claiming two unknown intruders had killed Alexander.

"After this testing was done ... the story changed and the defendant told you that this story about the strangers was fiction ... and yet you did not administer another [test] correct?" Martinez asked Samuels.

"That was an oversight and I should have done that," Samuels replied.

Arias, 32, at first vehemently denied any involvement in killing Alexander. After DNA pinned Arias to the crime scene, she changed her story, claiming there had been a home invasion by two unknown killers. She later admitted to killing Alexander, but claimed it was in self-defense. The prosecution contends she murdered Alexander in a jealous rage over his new love interest.

Arias is charged with first-degree murder and faces the death penalty if convicted.

The trial is set to resume at about 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, when Martinez is expected to continue his cross-examination of Samuels.

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

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The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume on Wednesday.

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Samuels said Arias told him she was not sure if the gun was loaded and indicated she had not fired a gun before.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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Samuels said during a subsequent meeting with Arias on June 9, 2010 she told him about grabbing the gun and running out of the closet.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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"She let out a scream ... He kept coming toward her [and] they fell on the ground ... they wrestled and she was finally able to get up and flee," Samuels said of what Arias told him.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge. Martinez objected to the line of questioning regarding what Arias told Samuels occurred on June 4, 2008.

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Samuels said Arias told him she ran out of the closet and held the gun up.

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Samuels said Arias told him about what happened in the closet and the bathroom on June 4, 2008.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Samuels is reviewing his notes.

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Samuels said he rarely tape records meetings with clients.

"The presence of a recording apparatus often inhibits what people will say to you ... They might be reluctant to tell you something," Samuels said.

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"It was apparent to me that she had very low self-esteem," Samuels said of his first meeting with Arias.

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Samuels said he has no idea how many computers Alexander owned. This in reference to earlier testimony that she said Alexander had many photos of breasts on his computer. The prosecutor had said no such images were found.

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Samuels said Arias had a relatively high score regarding her anxiety level.

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Samuels is talking about his experience giving psychological tests.

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Samuels is talking about amnesia again.

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The trial is back in session following recess.

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Judge Sherry Stephens has called recess. The live blog will continue when the trial resumes at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.

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Samuels said Arias never told him she was able to stand up to Alexander.

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Dr. Samuels said Arias met the following criteria for PTSD:

A1: The person has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with an event or events that involve actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others.

A2: The person's response involved intense fear,helplessness, or horror.

B3: Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring (includes a sense of reliving the experience, illusions, hallucinations, and dissociative flashback episodes,including those that occur upon awakening or when intoxicated.

C3: Inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma.

C5: Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others.

C6: Restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings).

C7: Sense of foreshortened future.

D3: Difficulty concentrating.

D4: Hyper-vigilance.

More on PTSD Criteria: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.asp

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Samuels is talking about the criteria Arias met for his PTSD diagnosis.

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Samuels said he is being paid 0 an hour to testify for the defense. Martinez has finished his cross-examination. The defense is now redirecting the witness.

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

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