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Jodi Arias Trial: Jurors Puts Questions To Domestic Violence Expert (LIVE UPDATES)

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Jurors in the Jodi Arias trial are expected to have their questions put to the defense expert who claims Arias was a victim of domestic violence.

On Thursday judge Sherry Stephens began asking domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette dozens of questions, submitted by the jury, showing they're skeptical of her diagnosis that Arias had been abused by the man she's accused of killing.

Arizona is one of three states that allow jurors to pose questions to witnesses after prosecution and defense lawyers have finished their questioning. Arias' defense attorney, Jennifer Willmott, wrapped up her redirect examination of LaViolette Thursday, giving the 12 jurors and five alternates -- seven women and 11 men –- their first opportunity to put questions to the defendant.

The jury asked about LaViolette's assessment that Arias was a victim of domestic violence and whether LaViolette has affection for Arias. One juror wanted to know why LaViolette often looked at Arias in the courtroom and smiled.

"I have done that on occasion, just to acknowledge her, but no other reason," said LaViolette, a psychologist. "I've actually tried to avoid looking at Ms. Arias."

The jurors' questions and LaViolette's answers could prove to be a defining moment in the trial that will ultimately have a large impact on Arias' fate. Arias could face the death penalty if convicted.

Arias, 32, is accused of the June 4, 2008, slaying of Travis Alexander inside his Mesa, Ariz., apartment. The prosecution contends Arias stabbed Alexander 27 times, shot him twice in the face and slashed his throat in a jealous rage. Arias told jurors she killed Alexander in self-defense during an argument over a dropped camera that followed his escalating sexual demands.

The trial is scheduled to resume at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time when jurors' questions will again be presented to LaViolette.

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

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The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Monday, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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After the jury question Martinez again asked if she had earlier said the shooting occurred in the closet.

"I misspoke," LaViolette said

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Was miss Arias story from October 2011 consistent with the story as we know it today?

"I was not privy to her testimony" LaViolette said.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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LaViolette said she took an unbiased approach to the case.

Martinez has ended his questioning of the witness.

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Martinez is now pointing out that LaViolette cannot see or hear inflection when she is reading text.

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LaViolette said Alexander told a lot of lies.

"That is a liar, correct?" Martinez asked.

"Correct," LaViolette replied.

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Martinez is again pointing out LaViolette is being paid to testify.

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Martinez asked LaViolette is she told the jury Alexander was perpetrator and Arias was the survivor. She said she does not remember saying that. Martinez asked to approach the bench and the attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

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Judge Sherry Stephens just announced Juror 11 is ill and has been excused from the trial.

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Court is back in session.

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The defense attorneys are in chambers with the judge..

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The judge has called a 10 minute recess.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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"You don't have a doctorate, correct," Martinez asked.

"Correct," LaViolette replied.

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Martinez again asked LaViolette if she misrepresented herself when she said she had testified on behalf of a man when she "only wrote a report."

"I did not remember if I had testified," LaViolette said.

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Martinez asks LaViolette if she would have to reconsider her opinion if she discovered Arias had lied to her.

"It would depend on what Ms. Arias lied about, once again, I'm looking at a pattern. I look at patterns Mr. Martinez, I don't look at three isolated incidents. I'm not black and white, there's a whole lot of gray here," she said.

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The attorneys are at another sidebar with the judge.

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Martinez asked LaViolette how her assessment on the case could not be affected by Arias' proven lies in the case, such as the story about the intruders.

"My assessment about domestic violence remains the same Mr. Martinez," LaViolette said.

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Martinez asked LaViolette about her opinion that Arias is not manipulative.

"I said I had no evidence of Ms. Arias being manipulative," LaViolette said.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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"There was no second man that you testified in criminal court on his behalf, isn't that true," Martinez asked.

"I said one or two because I don't remember Mr. Martinez," LaViolette replied.

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LaViolette now says she wrote a report in one of the cases and did not actually testify.

"You misrepresented something to the jury didn't you," Martinez asked. Willmott objected.

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LaViolette now said she does not know one of the names of the men she testified for.

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Martinez wanted to know the names of the men LaViolette has testified for. She said she is not allowed to share the names.

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Willmott asked LaViolette if it is common for a battered woman to snap.

"Anger is sort of a byproduct of being victimized," LaViolette said.

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The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Willmott asked LaViolette if she thought Arias was the abusive perpetrator in the relationship.

"No, I don't," LaViolette said.

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

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