CRIME
03/27/2013 12:22 pm ET Updated Mar 28, 2013

Is Jodi Arias A Victim Of Domestic Violence? (LIVE UPDATES)

Just how badly did Travis Alexander abuse Jodi Arias, if at all? And to what extent did his bad behavior contribute to his own death at the hands of his estranged girlfriend?

These questions come into the spotlight at the Arizona courtroom where Arias faces a possible death sentence, as the testimony resumes of domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette.

LaViolette took the stand in the afternoon Monday, after forensic psychologist Richard Samuels concluded his 6th day of testimony, answering questions about various forms of abuse in relationships.

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

Defense lawyers say Arias was physically and emotionally battered by Travis Alexander and feared for her life when she shot him, stabbed him nearly 30 times and cut his throat from ear to ear in his Mesa, Ariz., home on June 4, 2008.

During her 18 days on the stand, 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 1:45 p.m. Eastern time, when LaViolette is expected to resume her testimony.

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

03/27/2013 2:16 PM EDT

Court Cancelled

Moments ago it was announced that Jodi Arias' trial was suddenly cancelled for the day. No reason was given. The trial resumes Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

03/27/2013 12:00 PM EDT

The Trial Resumes This Afternoon

The trial is set to resume at about 1:45 p.m. Eastern time, when psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette is expected to resume her testimony about domestic violence.

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

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