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Jodi Arias PTSD Defense Attacked Under Questioning (LIVE UPDATES)

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How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 36?
How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 36?

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

On Thursday, the defense finished its redirect of psychologist Richard Samuels following dozens of juror questions put to the defense expert by Judge Sherry Stephens. Arizona is one of three states that allow jurors to pose questions to witnesses after prosecution and defense lawyers have finished their questioning.

Samuels has 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 Thursday, Martinez launched a bare-knuckle attack on Samuels and accused him of changing test results to give Arias a higher score on the test that led to a PTSD diagnosis.

"Isn't it true that ... you have compassion for the defendant ... Isn't it true that you have changed or done things ... because you have sympathy or bias toward the defendant?" Martinez asked Samuels on redirect.

"Absolutely not," Samuels replied.

Arias, 32, is accused of the June 4, 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, inside his Mesa, Ariz., home. The prosecution contends Arias stabbed 30-year-old Alexander more than two-dozen times, shot him twice in the face and slashed his throat in a jealous rage. Arias told jurors she killed Alexander in self-defense during an argument over a dropped camera that followed his escalating sexual demands.

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 Monday:

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The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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LaViolette said she has worked as an expert in several trials, for both the defense and the prosecution.

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LaViolette is talking about awards she has received and books she has written about domestic violence.

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LaViolette said she provides therapy to couples and abuse victims. She said she also helps with custody issues and domestic violence legislation.

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LaViolette is talking about her education and professional experience as a psychologist. LaViolette said she worked in a battered women's shelter and ran a 24-hour crisis hotline.

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The defense has called domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette to the stand.

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The judge has called a 5 minute recess.

Samuels packing his bags:

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Martinez is done with Samuels.

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Samuels said his reference in regard to what to do about suicide reports was in regard to male inmates.

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Martinez is pointing out that Samuels previously testified that he did not know who at the jail to report that Arias was talking about suicide, but during redirect was talking about how to report suicidal behavior.

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Martinez is now questioning Samuels.

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Samuels said he gives his patients self-help books, just like he gave Arias a book, to help them with their therapy.

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Samuels did not have to answer the last question.

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Willmott was asking Samuels if Arias would have been humiliated if she had been put on suicide watch. Martinez objected to the question. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

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Willmott asked Samuels how Arias said she felt when she was finally able to tell her version of the truth.

"She told me that she felt as if a tremendous pressure -- a tremendous weight had been lifted off her shoulders," Samuels replied.

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Willmott is following up on the juror questions.

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Juror question: What is the difference between covering up and alternative reality?

Samuels said the defensive mechanism allows the individual to avoid dealing with the worst part of the trauma they experienced.

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Did she tell you she planned to kill herself with a razor in jail?

"No," Samuels replied.

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Did she tell you she bought a gun to kill herself?

"No," Samuels said.

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Court is back in session. Time for more juror questions.

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

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Willmott has finished her follow-up with Samuels.

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Samuels said Arias' answers on the PTSD where she lied had no affect on her score or his PTSD diagnosis.

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"She didn't have a specific plan but she said it was part of her plan not to live long enough to go to trial," Samuels said of Arias' thoughts on Suicide.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Willmott pointed out that Arias' journal indicates she suffered from bouts of depression.

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

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