Is Jodi Arias a victim of domestic violence or a jealous ex-girlfriend?
That question comes more into focus as the trial winds down. Testimony is expected to resume Thursday with the defense cross-examining a prosecution psychologist who casts doubt that Arias was abused or suffered from from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott began her second day of cross-examination of Dr. Janeen DeMarte on Wednesday. Willmott repeatedly questioned DeMarte about her education and qualifications, in an apparent attempt to show she lacks experience in her field. Willmott also suggested DeMarte was not qualified to offer an opinion on domestic violence.
"You don't consider yourself an expert in domestic violence, do you?" Willmott asked.
"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.
Defense lawyers say Arias was physically and emotionally battered by Travis 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.
During her 18 days on the stand, Arias told jurors she killed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her for dropping his camera. Prosecutors say the murder was premeditated and fueled by jealously.
Willmott's questioning of DeMarte on Wednesday was supposed to continue after the afternoon recess, but court was canceled. Arias was reportedly suffering from a severe migraine.
The trial is set to resume at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, when Willmott is expected to continue her cross-examination of DeMarte.
Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Thursday:
04/18/2013 7:14 PM EDT
The judge has called the evening recess. The trial will resume Tuesday, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.
04/18/2013 7:13 PM EDT
Defense Follow-Up Finished
Willmott has finished questioning the witness.
04/18/2013 7:12 PM EDT
Back On Testing
Willmott is repeating much of what she has already asked, regarding why DeMarte gave Arias certain tests, rather than others.
04/18/2013 7:08 PM EDT
On Follow-Up Question From Martinez
Martinez asked DeMarte how many forensic evaluations she has conducted. DeMarte said she has conducted approximately 75 evaluations.
Willmott is now asking follow-up questions.
04/18/2013 7:07 PM EDT
Jury Questions Finished
The jury has no more questions.
04/18/2013 7:00 PM EDT
Why didn't you give Arias the same tests the defense experts did?
"I gave four different tests ... I felt the tests I gave, gave the answers I needed and it wasn't necessary to administer the other tests," Demarte said.
04/18/2013 6:58 PM EDT
Is it normal for a person incarcerated to be depressed and have anxiety?
"Yes," Demarte said.
04/18/2013 6:57 PM EDT
Do you think deleting pictures and washing the camera was an attempt to destroy evidence?
"That's the impression it gives," Demarte said.
04/18/2013 6:56 PM EDT
Wouldn't taking the camera show more organization?
"I would say they are both an example," Demarte said.
04/18/2013 6:55 PM EDT
Who is at risk for BPD?
"Unfortunately everyone's at risk," Demarte said. She said trauma and neglect can increase the risk.
The Huffington Post is live blogging Thursday's testimony. Check back here for updates.