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Arias defense works to restore expert credibility

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 20, 2013 Mar 20, 2013 Wednesday, March 20 2013 March 20, 2013 7:29 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

PHOENIX - Jodi Arias' defense attorney is working to undo any damage done to the credibility of an 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.

Trial adjourned early on Wednesday after a woman in the gallery vomited.

Samuels was set to return to the witness stand Thursday to respond to juror questions, something allowed in Arizona criminal trials.

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

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