CRIME
03/18/2013 12:37 pm ET Updated Mar 18, 2013

Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Psychologist Set To Continue Testimony (LIVE UPDATES)

The Jodi Arias murder trial is set to resume in Arizona on Monday with the defense calling their psychologist to the stand again.

Arias concluded her 18th day of testimony last week. On Thursday the defense called their next witness, mental health expert Richard Samuels.

Samuels testified about Arias' mental state before and after the June 2008 shooting, stabbing and slashing of Travis Alexander. Arias, 32, is charged with first-degree murder and faces the death penalty if convicted.

“She was not able to tell her family about what happened," Samuels said. "She was not able to tell anybody about what happened. And this is a classic symptom of an acute stress disorder.” That disorder developed into post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, he said.

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.

The trial is set to resume at about 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, when Samuels is expected to resume his testimony.

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

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

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