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Jodi Arias Trial Live Stream: Alyce LaViolette Likely to Testify to Defend Travis Alexander Sex Abuse Claims (WATCH ONLINE)

When Jodi Arias' defense attorney Kirk Nurmi returns to court this week, he will likely call in domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette to support the defense claim that Travis Alexander physically, sexually and emotionally abused Arias.

By Sonya Magett, EnStars on Mar 12, 2013 10:08 AM EDT
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Jodi Arias took the stand last on March 7 for the 2008 Arizona killing of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The 31-year-old is on trial for murdering Alexander, a 30-year-old Mormon motivational speaker. Arias stabbed her victim over 27 times, slit his throat from ear to ear and shot him in the head. His body was discovered the day he was killed: June 4, 2008. Arias lied twice at first about how he was killed and later admitted that she killed him in an act of self-defense.

Arias answered over 220 questions from jurors that were read aloud by Judge Sherry Stephens on March 6 and 7 in the Maricopa County court room thanks to a rare law that is allowed in just a few states. In Arizona, jurors are allowed to ask defendants questions after they have been cross-examined by their defense attorneys and prosecutors. The jurors asked questions to help decide if Arias should be charged and executed by lethal injection for her crime. The inquiries were submitted anonymously into a box and read aloud if they were not objectionable.

When Arias' defense attorney Kirk Nurmi returns to court this week, he will likely call two more witnesses, according to a report. One of those witnesses may be domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette to support the defense claim that Arias was in an abusive relationship. According to Arias, Alexander- a devout Mormon who broke the religion's chastity laws by having sex with her- had physically, sexually and emotionally abused her.

Arias also testified that Alexander was a sexual deviant who had several fetishes, masturbated to pictures of young children and told her that when they had sex during their relationship she sounded like a "12-year-old girl having sex for the first time."

LaViolette has worked with domestic violence victims since 1978, according to her website, and oversees a training program for battered victims. She has testified as a criminal expert witness on the stand for many trials including criminal, civil and family courts for various offenses including homicides and child custody. LaViolette's website said she specializes in "anger management, domestic violence counseling for survivors and perpetrators." She also wrote the book It Could Happen To Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez will pick up where he left off again on Wednesday when Arias returns to the witness stand. The jurors may submit more questions after she is questioned again by her defense attorney and the prosecutor.

If Arias is convicted of the murder and the lies that she confessed to, she will likely face the death penalty and become the fourth woman in Arizona's history to die by lethal injection. 

Watch the live stream of Arias' her murder trial on Wednesday, March 13, below beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST.

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