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Jodi Arias Trial: Prosecutor To Battle Domestic Violence Expert Alyce LaViolette, Again (LIVE UPDATES)

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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:

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The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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LaViolette is talking about her chart again and how she determines if there is domestic violence in a relationship.

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LaViolette said the prosecutor did not say anything during his cross-examination that would change her mind about Arias' truthfulness.

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LaViolette said its not unusual that Arias' dad would have said she was a liar. She said anyone with teenagers would understand that.

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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.

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Court is back in session.

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The judge has called a 10 minute recess.

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Willmott pointed out Arias never mentioned in her journal texts where Alexander called her names and a "three hole wonder."

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LaViolette said Arias did not mention too many critical things about Alexander in her journal.

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LaViolette said it was obvious looking at Arias' journal that pages had been torn out.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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"You have to look at what corroborates what somebody says," LaViolette said.

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LaViolette said it is not uncommon for people not to report incidents of domestic violence.

"One of the toughest things with domestic violence cases is pulling together evidence," LaViolette said.

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LaViolette said she does not find it unusual that Arias did not go into great detail about things in her journals, specifically fights and alleged assaults by Alexander.

"She promised him she wouldn't ... its a private place to write and people write about things they want to remember," LaViolette said.

Martinez objected to the line of questioning and the attorneys are now at another sidebar with the judge.

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Willmott asked LaViolette if the fact that Arias thinks she has a high IQ would mean she has high self-esteem. She said no.

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LaViolette said Alexander sent Arias a text in Jan. 2008 that was meant for someone else and then said he "pulled a Jodi."

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LaViolette said Alexander appeared to be jealous.

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Willmott is showing LaViolette a 2008 text message that Arias supposedly sent to Alexander by mistake. It was, according to Arias, meant for someone else. Willmott said Alexander was angry about the text.

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LaViolette said Alexander threatens Arias in the text by telling her he is going to expose how crazy she is.

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"He was yelling at Jodi for giving him a BS story" about his relationship with another woman," LaViolette said.

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Willmott said this text includes a tirade from Alexander. LaViolette is reviewing the text.

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Willmott is LaViolette a text message from April 7, 2008. In the text Alexander asks Arias where she is. Martinez objected to the line of questioning and the attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Willmott is pointing out that Alexander allegedly had several relationships with multiple women at the same time.

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Willmott is now pointing out Alexander went on trips with Arias, something someone would presumably not do with a person they considered a stalker.

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Willmott is showing LaViolette a photo Alexander emailed Arias on Aug. 2, 2007. The photo is of a sexy maid outfit that Alexander asked her to wear when she cleaned his apartment. LaViolette said this action does not indicate fear on Alexander's part.

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LaViolette said she does not view Arias move from California to Arizona as stalking.

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

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