The Jodi Arias murder trial resumes Wednesday in Arizona with the prosecution's cross-examination of a domestic violence expert called in an attempt to prove 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 eight days on the witness stand detailing her opinion on the dynamic of Alexander and Arias' on-again, off-again relationship.
The trial resumes Wednesday, a day after prosecutor Juan Martinez got into a heated exchange with LaViolette, prompting the defense witness to tell the veteran prosecutor he needed to "take a time out."
Martinez has repeatedly challenged LaViolette's opinion that Arias, 32, was physically and emotionally abused by Alexander, 30.
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 Wednesday:
04/10/2013 7:32 PM EDT
The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.
04/10/2013 7:24 PM EDT
The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.
04/10/2013 7:23 PM EDT
More On The Chart:
LaViolette is talking about her chart again and how she determines if there is domestic violence in a relationship.
04/10/2013 7:20 PM EDT
After She's Done:
For those asking-once ALV is done-jury questions.Then any other defense witnesses.Then prosc rebuttal witnesses.#JodiArias— Elizabeth Erwin (@elizabetherwin) April 10, 2013
04/10/2013 7:19 PM EDT
On The Cross-Examination:
LaViolette said the prosecutor did not say anything during his cross-examination that would change her mind about Arias' truthfulness.
04/10/2013 7:18 PM EDT
On Arias' Lies:
LaViolette said its not unusual that Arias' dad would have said she was a liar. She said anyone with teenagers would understand that.
04/10/2013 7:16 PM EDT
Back To Arias' Dad
LaViolette is talking about Arias' dad again and his treatment of Arias.
"Communication between the two have them had not been good for years," she said.
04/10/2013 7:15 PM EDT
Back In Session
Court is back in session.
04/10/2013 6:50 PM EDT
The judge has called a 10 minute recess.
04/10/2013 6:49 PM EDT
'Three Hole Wonder'
Willmott pointed out Arias never mentioned in her journal texts where Alexander called her names and a "three hole wonder."
The Huffington Post is live blogging Wednesday's testimony. Check back here for updates.