The Jodi Arias murder trial resumes Tuesday in Arizona with testimony from a domestic violence expert the defense has called to show Travis Alexander abused Arias in the months leading up to his brutal slaying.
Defense lawyers say Arias was physically and emotionally battered by 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.
Prosecutors say Arias killed Alexander in a jealous rage.
Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette has spent three days on the witness stand detailing her experience working with victims of domestic violence. LaViolette initially testified in general about abusive relations. Then, on Thursday, she finally began to offer her expert opinion on the dynamic of Alexander and Arias' on-again-off-again relationship.
The trial resumes Tuesday after a four-day hiatus, due in part to the Easter holiday.
Arias' defense team may have scored its first big win when LaViolette testified about previously undisclosed emails from Travis Alexander’s close friends that she claims indicate he had a history of being abusive.
"They have basically advised Ms. Arias to move on from the relationship ... that Mr. Alexander has been abusive to women." LaViolette testified.
LaViolette was not allowed to quote from the emails and they were not shown to the jury, but she was allowed to paraphrase the content and offer her opinion on it.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez objected to much of the defense expert's testimony, calling it was hearsay. However, the judge overruled the majority of the objections.
The trial is set to resume at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time with LaViolette on the witness stand.
Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Tuesday:
04/02/2013 7:29 PM EDT
The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Wednesday, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.
04/02/2013 7:28 PM EDT
On A Oct. 26, 2007 Journal Entry:
"Jodi is thinking that she may be starting to get over Mr. Alexander ... that she things she may have learned something -- that she quick to fall in love," LaViolette said.
04/02/2013 7:25 PM EDT
On The First Act Of Violence:
LaViolette said the first time Alexander was physically violent with Arias was in late October 2007, when he allegedly pushed Arias to the ground and called her family members derogatory names.
"She says that this is an isolated incident," LaViolette said regarding how Arias described the incident after it happened.
04/02/2013 7:21 PM EDT
LaViolette said after the balloon festival Alexander told another woman that he had dealt with the "Jodi issue." LaVioleete described his statement as "very deceptive."
04/02/2013 7:13 PM EDT
The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.
04/02/2013 7:12 PM EDT
#jodiarias How the hell does Alyce remember every detail of their lives? She has an answer for everything. Uncanny.— ColoradoRuth (@DaisyCatgirl) April 2, 2013
04/02/2013 7:11 PM EDT
October 13, 2007 Journal Entry:
LaViolette said Alexander took Arias to a balloon festival.
"They're trying new food and its a good thing," LaViolette said of what Arias wrote in her journal about the festival.
04/02/2013 7:09 PM EDT
On Arias October 7, 2007 Journal Entry:
"She's talking about the importance for her to be a good mother and a wife," LaViolette said.
04/02/2013 7:07 PM EDT
A September 2007 Journal Entry:
LaViolette said Arias wrote in September 2007 that one Alexander's ex-girlfriends was crazy and jealous.
04/02/2013 7:05 PM EDT
Back In Session
LaViolette is back on the stand.
The Huffington Post is live blogging Tuesday's testimony. Check back here for updates.