Can Alyce LaViolette Prove Jodi Arias Was A Domestic Violence Victim? (LIVE UPDATES)

04/03/2013 12:27 pm ET
  • David Lohr Senior Crime Reporter, The Huffington Post

Day 40 of Jodi Arias' death penalty trial is set to resume in Arizona today. Alyce LaViolette, the defense team's psychotherapist -- a domestic violence expert who has the challenge of swaying the jury in favor of Arias -- will resume testimony about her assessment of the case.

On Tuesday, the Arias trial pushed on with a new juror, after one member of the panel was thrown off after the defense accused the juror of misconduct. Judge Sherry Stephens did not elaborate on the reason for the dismissal when she made her ruling.

LaViolette took the witness after the juror was ousted and again detailed her impressions of the relationship between Arias and Alexander.

"He treated her badly but he didn't feel badly about it," LaViolette said of her assessment based on Alexander's alleged statements.

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.

Prosecutors say Arias, jealous of Alexander’s interest in other women, attacked him in the bathroom of his home after the couple spent the afternoon in bed making love.

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 Wednesday:

04/03/2013 2:50 PM EDT

Court Is In Recess

Due to a technical issue the live blog went down. During that time Judge Sherry Stephens recessed court for the day because LaViolette feels ill and feels she cannot continue today. The trial will resume Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

04/03/2013 2:26 PM EDT

More On The Alleged Incident In March 2008:

"Once again you're seeing a short period of time between incidents," LaViolette said of the alleged March 2008 incident.

04/03/2013 2:25 PM EDT

On The Lack Of Documentation:

LaViolette said Arias not documenting the alleged violent incident in March 2008 would be consistent with Arias' promise to Alexander that she would not write negative things about him in her journal.

04/03/2013 2:21 PM EDT

On The Alleged Incident:

LaViolette said Arias did not mention the alleged violent incident in her journal.

04/03/2013 2:16 PM EDT

On March 2, 2008:

LaViolette said Arias told Alexander she was going to move back to California from Arizona and he became angry and hit her.

04/03/2013 2:14 PM EDT


Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott was asking LaViolette about an alleged violent incident that occurred on March 2, 2008, when prosecutor Juan Martinez objected. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

04/03/2013 2:11 PM EDT

On February 29, 2008 Text Messages:

"Mr. Alexander ... says he's had more memorable experiences with Jodi than anyone else in his life," LaViolette said.

04/03/2013 2:09 PM EDT

On Arias' Feelings:

LaViolette said it is her opinion, from reading Arias' journal entries, that Arias thought her relationship with Alexander was coming to end because he indicated he wanted to have a relationship with Mimi Hall.

04/03/2013 2:05 PM EDT

More On Arias February 2008 Journal Entries:

"There's talk in the journal that the relationship may be coming to an end," LaViolette said.

04/03/2013 2:03 PM EDT

When Arias Arived After Her Drive:

"When they got together ... the mood is that he is tender, sweet and loving," LaViolette said.

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

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