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The Jodi Arias trial will continue this week, with Arias set to return to the witness stand in the murder case knowing that the death penalty is still a distinct possibility. The prosecutor concluded his cross-examination of Arias last week but the defendant will be returning to the stand again today to offer further testimony. The trial can be watched online through free live stream via the player below.
Arias, 32, is accused of the 2008 murder of her former lover in suburban Phoenix. Prosecutors are pushing for a first-degree murder conviction, which could lead to a death penalty sentence for the defendant. They have said that Arias planned the brutal killing and was fully aware of what she was doing.
However, Arias has claimed the killing was committed in self defense, and the defense team has tried to portray her as the victim. They have pointed to Travis Alexander as a type of bully and hypocrite, who had long imposed his own will on Arias and forced her into the killing by making her fear for her own life.
The prosecution has highlighted that Arias has changed her story multiple times. She initially told authorities that she had nothing to do with the killing and was not even with him at the time. However, she later changed that story to blame the death on masked intruders. Finally her defense team admitted that she had killed Alexander but put forward the self defense explanation.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez concluded his cross-examination of Arias on Thursday. He had aggressively tried to corner Arias by highlighting how many lies she had told authorities.
Last week Arias and Martinez had numerous heated exchanges as the prosecutor fiercely poked at the defendant's testimony and accounts of what had happened. many times she refused to answer clearly his yes and no questions, and many times the two cut each other off mid-sentence - sparking the judge to admonish both to stop talking over one another.
At one point Arias lashed out at Martinez: "I think I'm more focused on your posture and your tone and your anger so it's hard to process the questions."
The aggressive technique adopted by Martinez has been divisive, with many suggesting that it could undermine the prosecution's case by taking attention away from the horrific reality of the killing. Meanwhile, others have complimented Martinez for being unwilling to accept Arias' attempts at dodging the questions and trying to move her away from her "clearly well-rehearsed" testimony and defense.
The trial continues Monday and can be watched online through free live stream via the video player below: