Testimony resumes in Jodi Arias murder trial

Testimony resumes in Jodi Arias murder trial

PHOENIX (AP) — Testimony has resumed in Jodi Arias’ murder trial in Phoenix as the judge poses questions from jurors to a defense expert witness who diagnosed the defendant with post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia.

Psychologist Richard Samuels underwent a cross-examination by the prosecutor who called into question his techniques and testing procedures.

Samuels returned to the witness stand today to respond to the juror questions, something allowed in Arizona criminal trials. The judge had already posed nearly 50 questions to Samuels by late morning.

Arias could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander. Authorities say she planned the attack on her lover. Arias initially said she had nothing to do with it then blamed it on masked intruders and eventually claimed self-defense.

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