Friday, 19 April 2013

Jodi Arias trial: Defense lawyer’s questioning prompts psychologist to ‘scream'

Jodi Arias trial: Defense lawyer’s questioning prompts psychologist to ‘scream', On April 18, 2013, psychologist Janeen DeMarte took the stand at the Jodi Arias Arizona murder trial during the prosecution’s rebuttal portion of the proceedings, and at one point was prompted to “scream” after a defense attorney used “bulldog tactics” on her, according to Radar Online.

Arias, 32, is charged with the 2008 murder of former lover, Travis Alexander, 30. He was stabbed 27 times, his throat was slashed from ear-to-ear, and he was shot in the head. She claims she killed him in self-defense after he became violent with her.

View slideshow: Photos of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, the Former Boyfriend She Admits Killing, Saying She Was Forced to Do So

The encounter in the courtroom took place Thursday, as Willmott asked DeMarte about her determination that Arias’ behavior as related to Alexander indicates she has a borderline personality disorder. DeMarte “bluntly replied” she could provide examples of Arias' behavior, according to Radar.

In prior testimony, a defense expert witness testified that Arias suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to being abused by Alexander, which DeMarte has disputed during her testimony.

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The report also notes the psychologist agreed certain text messages from Alexander to Arias were cruel and “not okay,” but would not testify that they would be considered abuse.

In addition, DeMarte seemed to become aggravated with Willmott at one point after she was “cornered” by the attorney about Arias and Alexander’s tumultuous relationship, which “led her to scream, ‘I can’t analyze Travis, he is dead!’” reports Radar.

View slideshow: Graphic Crime Scene Photos in Jodi Arias Case

If Arias is found guilty of murdering Alexander, she could be sentenced to death.

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