Jodi Arias sentencing retrial: doctor returns to stand

A doctor continued to testify on Jodi Arias' mental state in court on Thursday.

Prosecution expert psychologist Dr. Janine DeMarte says Arias does not have post-traumatic stress syndrome and instead diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder, which does quality as a mental illness.

In court on Wednesday, there was some powerful testimony as Dr. DeMarte referred to Arias as a "stalker," and "jealous and manipulative."

Prosecutor Juan Martinez called the expert witness after a parade of defense witnesses. 

The prosecutor is trying to convince the jury that Arias deserved the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Dr. DeMarte spent the Wednesday on the witness stand trying to tear down the image of Jodi Arias presented by the defense team: Jody as victim of an emotionally abusive Travis Alexander. 

Defense experts said for weeks that Travis used her for sex, toyed cruelly with her emotions, and was obsessed with pornography.

Dr. DeMarte painted quite a different picture, patiently describing Arias as an insanely jealous stalker who had borderline personality disorder, fixated on Travis, and couldn't let go, spying on him, confronting other girls he dated, and prone to manic episodes of extreme happiness and despair. 

Dr. DeMarte testified this eventually murderous behavior was not a result of post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by the way Travis treated Arias, and not a reaction to abuse at the hands of her family because there was no abuse. 

Instead, Dr. DeMarte placed the blame squarely on Arias herself.

The trial continues on Monday.


FOX 10's Troy Hayden and Steve Krafft will be tweeting from the courtroom. Follow them at @TroyHaydenFOX10and @SKrafftFOX10 

Get all of the latest on the trial at FOX10Phoenix.com/Arias


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