The Jodi Arias trial was canceled for unexplained reasons Wednesday afternoon.
"An issue has arisen that will prevent us from going forward today, so I'm going to be dismissing you for the rest of the afternoon," Judge Sherry Stephens announced after the afternoon recess.
According to Headline News, court was cancelled because Arias was suffering from a migraine. If that is the case, this makes it the second instance court has been delayed due to Arias' head pains.
Arias, 32, is accused of the June 4, 2008, slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, 30, inside his Mesa, Ariz., home. The prosecution contends Arias stabbed Alexander almost 30 times, shot him in the head and slashed his throat in a jealous rage. Arias told jurors she killed Alexander in self-defense amid his escalating sexual demands.
Prosecutors contend a jealous Arias killed Alexander because he was interested in other women.
Robust jousting Wednesday morning between defense attorney Jennifer Willmott and Dr. Janeen DeMarte, a psychologist retained by the prosecution, dominated the testimony.
Willmott repeatedly questioned DeMarte about her education and qualifications. When she made little headway in that area she focused on DeMarte's opinion that Arias was not a victim of domestic violence. That line of questioning prompted the following heated exchange:
"You don't consider yourself an expert in domestic violence, do you?" Willmott asked.
"I'm an expert as a clinical psychologist," DeMarte said.
"Well, clinical psychology is kind of a big general area, isn't it?" Willmott asked.
"Correct," DeMarte said.
"Okay, so you're an expert in clinical psychology?" asked Willmott.
"Yes," DeMarte replied.
"But you don't consider yourself an expert in domestic violence, do you?" Willmott asked again.
"I’ve had a lot of experience in domestic violence ... It depends on how you define expert," DeMarte said.
"Do you define yourself as an expert of domestic violence?" Willmott asked.
"I would not call myself an expert in domestic violence specifically ... I have a lot of experience with it but I wouldn't put that term on it because I think it's an important term -- very specific," DeMarte said.
In addition to today's cancellation, it was announced there will be no court on April 19. It was previously noted that court will not be held on April 22 or April 26. Its unclear how these changes will impact when the jury will finally get the case.
Last week prosecutor Juan Martinez said he expected his rebuttal to last about seven days. As a result of today's delay, that leaves about 5 and 1/2 more days of rebuttal to go, which will likely go well into next week.
The trial is scheduled to resume at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, when Willmott will continue her redirect of DeMarte.
Arias faces the death penalty if convicted.
WEDNESDAY'S LIVE BLOG:
The judge just announced court has been cancelled for the remainder of the day. The trial will resume Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.
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"I would not call myself an expert in domestic violence specifically," DeMarte said.
Willmott is asking how DeMarte accesses domestic violence relationships.
DeMarte said she interviews the parties and looks for a variety of symptoms to determine if domestic violence is present.
Willmott pointed out Arias' MCMI test results indicate she suffers from elevated anxiety and depression.
Willmott pointed out Arias' MCMI test results indicate she suffers from a low self-image.
"Battered women suffer from low self-image, don't they?" Willmott asked.
"Yes," DeMarte replied.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about Arias' MCMI test score regarding identity and other scales.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about the MCMI test and the scales of the test.
Notice how Jodi Arias doesn't look at the current witness, yet she is dead on the others who are testifying for her in her defense!— Tammy Hovey (@TammyHovey) April 17, 2013
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about the MCMI test and Arias' diagnosis by the defense expert of PTSD.
Court is back in session.
The judge has called a 10 minute recess.
But the score was 67, characterized as "elevated" but not clinically significant which is 69 #JodiArias— Camille Kimball (@CamilleKimball) April 17, 2013
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about personality traits.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about the questions on the PDS test.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about the PDS test for diagnosing post-traumatic stress.
DeMarte said she has never given the PDS test.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about the IQ test she gave Arias.
"What you found out is she has a pretty high IQ, right?" Willmott asked.
"That's correct," DeMarte said.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about why she gave Arias a reading test, when she had already read Arias' journals. Willmott said it should have been apparent from the journals that Arias can read and write.
"I wasn't concerned. I was engaging in good practice of ensuring she could do it," DeMarte said.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about her continuing education. She is pointing out DeMarte has not attended conferences related to trauma victims.
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about her experiencing working with trauma victims.
Kinda funny seeing Wilmont trying to use Juans style - she's not very good at it!#jodiarias— CrazyCatLadyOnParkSt (@Polshep) April 17, 2013
Willmott is questioning DeMarte about her education again.
DeMarte said she spent more than 50 hours going over documents and other materials related to the case.
DeMarte said she spent about 12 hours interviewing Arias.
DeMarte said she has completed work on two criminal cases and is involved in six open cases.