Prosecutor Juan Martinez is working to portray defendant Jodi Arias as a manipulative liar who “liked to play the victim.”
Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette has been testifying for more than a week about her conclusion that Arias was a victim of both physical and emotional abuse by Travis Alexander. Arias says the killing was self-defense, and described during her 18 days of testimony how Alexander had grown more abusive in the months leading up to his death, once choking her into unconsciousness.
Arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.
From the Associated Press:
Prosecutor Juan Martinez is questioning a defense witness who says Arias suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her lover.
Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette (la-VY’-oh-let) has been testifying for more than a week.
Martinez on Tuesday hammered LaViolette over how she could know Arias didn’t lie to her. The witness says she believed Arias, but she has no way of knowing whether she was truthful.