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Jodi Arias Trial: Jury Expected To Hear More Graphic Details From Medical Examiner (LIVE UPDATES)

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How will Jodi Arias' prosecutor fare on day 53?. (Photo via Pool Camera)
How will Jodi Arias' prosecutor fare on day 53?. (Photo via Pool Camera)

The Jodi Arias trial could take another gruesome turn Thursday, with the prosecution expected to recall the Arizona medical examiner who performed Arias' ex-boyfriend's autopsy to the stand as part of the rebuttal arguments.

Dr. Kevin Horn, of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner office, was among the first witnesses to testify for the prosecution on day three of Arias' murder trial in January. Horn testified in graphic detail about the violent death of 30-year-old Travis Alexander.

Horn described how Alexander was stabbed nearly 30 times, shot in the right brow with a .25-caliber gun, and nearly decapitated when his throat, voice box and arteries were cut on June 4, 2008. During Horn's testimony jurors were shown photos of the dead Arizona man whose body, Horn said, was decomposing and starting to mummify by the time it was found in his Mesa home several days after he was killed.

Horn's description of Alexander's injuries and the post-mortem photos proved to be too much for Alexander's family members, who left the courtroom during his testimony.

Prosecutors say that Arias, a 32-year-old photographer from Yreka, Calif., killed Alexander because she was a scorned and jealous ex-girlfriend, but her defense team claims she was abused by Alexander and acted in self-defense.

Arias has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. She could face a possible death sentence if convicted of that charge.

The trial is scheduled to resume at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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

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The judge has recess court for the day. The trial will resume on Wednesday.

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The judge just announced juror number 8 has been excused.

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The judge has called a recess. She did not give a timeline for how long the recess will last. She told the jury they would be returned shortly.

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If Alexander was shot in the middle of bathroom, as Arias claims, wouldn't blood have been found there?

"I would expect that, yes," Horn said.

Is it possible you could be wrong about Alexander not being able to move after he was shot?

"I don't believe so, no," Horn replied.

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There is questions for Horn from the jury. The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge reviewing the questions.

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"Probably, yes," Horn replied when Martinez asked him if Alexander would have been immediately incapacitated. Horn said it would have taken a matter of seconds.

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Willmott has finished her cross-examination of Horn.

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"You can't tell us exactly where it went," Willmott said of the bullet.

"It had to have gone through the brain. It's simple geometry," Horn said.

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Horn said the gunshot wound was immediately incapacitating, but not immediately fatal.

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Willmott is pointing out a small caliber handgun was used and the bullet did not have enough velocity to make an exit wound.

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Martinez has finished with the witness. Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott is now cross-examining Horn.

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Horn said Alexander would not have been able to stand or walk after he was shot.

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Horn said the injury the bullet caused to Alexander's brain was so severe that he would not have been able to fight back.

Martinez is trying to show Alexander was not shot first, as Arias has testified.

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Horn said when Alexander was shot the bullet passed through his brain and would have been "rapidly incapacitating."

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Prosecutor Juan Martinez has called Dr. Kevin Horn to the stand.

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Court is in session.

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The prosecutor is expected to call medical examiner Kevin Horn to the stand as part of his rebuttal arguments when the trial resumes at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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

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