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Jodi Arias Trial: Domestic Violence Expert Defendant's Last Hope? (LIVE UPDATES)

03/26/2013 12:32 pm 12:32:12 | Updated Apr 02, 2013

Jodi Arias' death penalty trial is set to resume in Arizona today, following aggressive questioning of the accused murderer's psychologist by prosecutor Juan Martinez.

Forensic psychologist Richard Samuels concluded his 6th day of testimony in the murder trial on Monday. Martinez spent much of the day questioning Samuels' about his diagnosis that Arias suffered from dissociative amnesia and acute stress disorder, which developed into post-traumatic stress disorder after the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

Martinez has been skeptical of the Samuels' diagnosis, and on Monday he pointed out that there is no test to give Arias to determine if she truly does suffer from amnesia.

"There is no scientific test that can be conducted to determine whether or not a person actually had amnesia, right?" Martinez asked.

"Well there probably are but not within the realm of this type of evaluation," Samuels replied.

"Are you saying, for example, that somebody could hook up the defendant up to some sort of machine and that machine could tell us whether or not she actually experienced this loss?" asked Martinez.

"There might be a way of doing that with scanning and electrodes implanted in the brain, but as I said, it's not something that we could use as a practical tool these days," said Samuels.

Arias is charged with first-degree murder in Alexander's slaying and prosecutors contend she stabbed Alexander almost 30 times, shot him in the face and slashed his throat in a jealous rage. Arias told jurors she killed her ex-boyfriend in self-defense during an argument over the dropped camera that followed his escalating sexual demands.

Following Samuels on the stand Monday was domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette.

LaViolette spent about 30 minutes on the stand discussing her education and professional experience as a psychotherapist before court was recessed for the evening.

The trial is set to resume at about 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, when when LaViolette will continue her testimony.

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

03/26/2013 7:25 PM EDT

Recess

The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Wednesday, at 1:45 p.m. Eastern time.

03/26/2013 7:19 PM EDT

Sidebar

The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

03/26/2013 7:18 PM EDT

More On Psychological Abuse:

LaViolette said psychological abuse can be difficult to understand and perceive.

03/26/2013 7:13 PM EDT

Psychological And Verbal Abuse Vs. Physical Abuse:

"Woman generally say psychological and verbal abuse [is more hurtful] than physical abuse," LaViolette said.

03/26/2013 7:12 PM EDT

On Abusive And Families:

"[Victims] don't have to come from an abusive family to be abused," LaViolette said.

03/26/2013 7:11 PM EDT

On DV:

The more violent or traumatic a person's childhood the more likely they are to become violent later in life, LaViolette said.

03/26/2013 7:07 PM EDT

On DV:

LaViolette is still explaining her thoughts and theories on domestic violence.

03/26/2013 7:03 PM EDT

On The Expert:

03/26/2013 7:02 PM EDT

On Counseling:

LaViolette has been detailing for the jury how she conducts counseling session.

03/26/2013 6:51 PM EDT

On Recanting:

LaViolette said victims of domestic violence will recant 80% of the time when their case goes to court.

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

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