Huffpost Crime
David Lohr Headshot

Jodi Arias Trial: Will Domestic Violence Defense Unravel? (LIVE UPDATES)

Posted: Updated:
How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 42?
How will Jodi Arias' defense team fare on day 42?

The psychotherapist for accused murderer Jodi Arias will once again take the stand Monday as she faces off with Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez.

On Thursday, the defense finished its direct examination of Alyce LaViolette, a psychotherapist and domestic violence expert retained by Arias' defense team. She testified Arias was physically and emotionally battered by Travis Alexander and feared for her life when she killed him.

LaViolette's finding challenges the prosecution's contention that Arias, 32, premeditated Alexander's slaying. The defense contends Arias, emotionally and physically battered and afraid for her life, acted in self-defense and did not plan to shoot Alexander in the head, stab him almost 30 times and cut his throat from ear to ear in his Mesa, Ariz., home in 2008.

For the prosecution, proving Arias' intent is key to sustaining the first-degree murder charge. Arias, jealous of Alexander's interest in other women, attacked him in the bathroom of his home after the couple spent the afternoon having sex, according to the prosecution.

During cross-examination, Martinez repeatedly questioned LaViolette about her methods for determining Arias was a victim of domestic violence.

“Basically, a clinical interview is you sitting across from the person that may or may not be a victim of battering and ... you interview them?” Martinez asked of LaViolette’s evaluation techniques. The line of questioning prompted LaViolette to ask her own unexpected question of the prosecutor.

"Mr. Martinez are you angry at me?" LaViolette asked suddenly, prompting laughter from the gallery.

"Is that relevant to you ... is that important to you whether or not the prosecutor is angry … does that make any difference to your evaluation whether or not the prosecutor is angry -- yes or no?" Martinez fired back.

LaViolette replied, "It makes a difference to me the way I am spoken to and I would like you to speak to me the way I speak to you.”

Arias is charged with first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The trial is set to resume at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, when Martinez is expected to continue his cross-examination of LaViolette.

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

live blog

Oldest Newest

The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Tuesday, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Share this:

In her notes, LaViolette said Arias wanted a friend to print out copies of her "manifesto" in case she became famous.

Share this:

Martinez was again questioning LaViolette about the "manifesto" when the defense objected. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

Share this:

Court is back in session.

Share this:

The judge has called a 3 minute recess.

Share this:

Martinez is questioning LaViolette about a "manifesto" Arias wrote in the event she would became famous. Martinez said Arias autographed copies of the manifesto while she was in jail in Yreka, California.

Share this:

Martinez pointed out that Arias took a test that shows her self-image is in the normal range. LaViolette said self-image is different that self-esteem. The defense objected to the line of questioning and the attorneys are now at another sidebar with the judge.

Share this:

The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

Share this:

Martinez pointed out Arias was happy to have her IQ tested, because she believed she was as smart as Albert Einstein. Martinez asked LaViolette how, if Arias thought she is that smart, she could have low self-esteem. LaViolette said low self-esteem is based on things other than an IQ.

Share this:

"I look at lots of things because I take this case very seriously," LaViolette said.

Share this:

Share this:

LaViolette has been evasive in her answers, prompting Martinez to call her out on it.

"You understand you are here to answer my questions, right?" Martinez asked.

"Yes," LaViolette replied.

Share this:

Martinez wanted to know if LaViolette had apologized to other clients and she said she could not remember.

Share this:

"Why is it ... you felt the need to coddle her -- by giving her books and apologizing?" Martinez asked.

"I felt that was a respectful way to talk to Ms. Arias ... I purchased the books ... because jail is boring," LaViolette replied.

Share this:

"Isn't it true that you bought some books for the defendant when she was in jail?" Martinez asked.

"Yes, It's true," LaViolette replied.

Share this:

LaViolette said she apologized to Arias for reading her journals when she first met her. Martinez asked her if she apologized because she had sympathy for Arias. LaViolette said she apologized because she had read private moments Arias had recorded.

Share this:

"Isn't it true that you are biased in favor of the defendant, yes or no?" Martinez asked.

"I don't believe I'm biased," LaViolette said.

Share this:

Court is back in Session.

Share this:

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

Share this:

Martinez was again questioning the witness about Arias' cheating story when the defense objected. The attorneys are now at another sidebar with the judge.

Share this:

Share this:

Martinez just showed the jury a text message from Alexander to Arias, in which he said he did not believe someone told her he was cheating on her.

Share this:

The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

Share this:

LaViolette said she has seen evidence Alexander has a history of telling lies, more so than Arias.

Share this:

Martinez pointed out that on two separate occasions Arias claimed women came to her place of work to let her know her boyfriends were cheating.

"Doesn't it seem a little strange to you that in 50 percent of her relationships somebody comes up to her and tells her that her boyfriend is cheating?" Martinez asked.

LaViolette said she was only aware of that happening once and would need more information to formulate an opinion.

Share this:

The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge

Share this:

LaViolette is reviewing a document Martinez handed to her.

Share this:

The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

Share this:

Martinez asked LaViolette if she was biased against Alexander. LaViolette denied she is and said Martinez is mischaracterizing her testimony.

Share this:

Share this:

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

Related on HuffPost:

Jodi Arias Timeline
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

HLN's Kyra Phillips on Keeping Viewers Hooked After the Jodi Arias Trial Ends

Dr. Phil Denies Paying Jodi Arias Family During Trial

Judge denies motion to sequester jurors in Jodi Arias murder trial

Jodi Arias 'Has Mental Problems,' Mom Admits in New Interrogation Video