Arias: Martinez's anger causing memory lapses

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Arias: Martinez's anger causing memory lapses

Editor's note: The following blog contains graphic language of a sexual nature which some readers may find offensive.

Watch Jodi Arias testify live on truTV's In Session and HLN 

Prosecutor Juan Martinez continued his attack Tuesday on what he has called a “litany of lies” by Jodi Arias. The two had a particularly tense exchange when Martinez asked, "Are you having problems understanding?"

"Sometimes because you go in circles," replied Arias.

Arias claims her abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander culminated with her killing him in self-defense.

Read more: Arias trial: The tragic road trip

In Session is live-blogging Arias' testimony. Get caught up on Monday's live blog of Arias' time on the stand. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from her testimony Tuesday (best read from the bottom up):

5:45 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for the evening. The jury has been sent home. Defense attorney Nurmi is telling the judge that Arias has not been given any lunches during the trial. He also said Arias is suffering from a migrane. Judge Stephens said the Sheriff's office has agreed to provide Arias lunch, and she will check on the issue.

5:03 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for the afternoon break. The live blog will pick up when testimony resumes in about 20 minutes.

5:02 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about how she "grinded" with Alexander, meaning they rubbed their genitalia together.

4:49 p.m. ET: In a text message Arias sent Alexander she tells him that she wants to give him a blow job, and wants him to ejaculate on her face.

4:57 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

4:53 p.m. ET:

4:52 p.m. ET:

4:51 p.m. ET: Martinez said in the phone sex recording it seems Arias is advancing her sexual relationship with Alexander.

4:48 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing part of a recorded phone sex conservation between Arias and Alexander. During the recording, Arias is discussing the merits of KY personal lubricant. Arias said the baby oil is not the best for lubricant.

4:46 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about photos of her breasts on her phone. They were "before" shots of her breasts before she got implants. Arias said they were not for Alexander.

4:43 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with judge Stephens.

4:43 p.m. ET:

4:39 p.m. ET: Arias said she texted Alexander pictures of herself topless.

4:38 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about a picture of Alexander's genitalia he texted her. Arias said she liked the picture.

4:35 p.m. ET: In a clip of Arias' "48 Hours" interview, she said the sex she had with Alexander was always mutual. Martinez said this does not seem to be consistent with a story Arias testified about where she said Alexander made her feel like a "used piece of toilet paper."

4:31 p.m. ET: Arias said she cared about Alexander's ego after knowing him for two weeks.

4:27 p.m. ET: "I acted like I liked it," said Arias. Martinez continues to question Arias about the first time she had oral sex with Travis Alexander. She is telling the jury she did not enjoy it "internally."

4:24 p.m. ET: Martinez is questioning Arias about her prior testimony when she told the jury she was uncomfortable the first time she and Alexander had oral sex. "It felt like it was too soon," according to Arias.

4:21 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking about Arias' waitress job she got after moving back to Yreka.

4:19 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about how her mother came out to Mesa, Arizona, to help her move home to Yreka, California.

4:18 p.m. ET: Here is the rest of the note Arias left in the guest book at Alexander's memorial service.

4:15 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking about what Alexander did about his sexual attraction to little children. Arias said he prayed about it.

4:13 p.m. ET: Arias said despite his cheating ways, violence and other issues she still believed in Alexander's potential.

4:11 p.m. ET:

4:10 p.m. ET:

4:09 p.m. ET:

Martinez said, "So you think somebody who masturbates to pictures of little boys is beautiful on in the inside, right?"

"I don’t think that aspect of him is beautiful at all. I think it’s sickening," replied Arias.

4:04 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing the jury what Arias wrote in a guest book at Alexander's memorial service. Arias wrote Alexander was beautiful on the inside. Martinez asked her why she thought someone who masturbated to children was beautiful on the inside. Arias replied she thought he was beautiful, and he hated those parts of himself.

4:01 p.m. ET: Arias said she does not remember if she talked to Hall about the trip to Cancun at the memorial service.

4:00 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias if she confronted Alexander's other love interest, Mimi Hall, at a memorial service for Alexander. He asked if Arias talked to Hall about how she was going on a trip with Alexander to Cancun, Mexico.

3:58 p.m. ET: Arias said in the text message she was being sincere when she said she loved him despite the alleged physical abuse she endured.

3:55 p.m. ET:  Martinez just showed the jury a text message that Arias sent Alexander allegedly after he had physically abused her. In the text message, Arias called Alexander a "light." She also said she will always love him.

3:52 p.m. ET:

3:51 p.m. ET: Martinez just showed a picture of Arias and Alexander that showed they were close to the same height.

3:44 p.m. ET:

3:40 p.m. ET: Arias is back on the stand. Martinez just played a part of the Arias' CBS "48 Hours" where she said that Alexander was flirtatious.

2:01 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for lunch. The live blog will pick back up when testimony continues at 3:30 p.m. ET.

2:00 p.m. ET: Arias and Martinez are going back and forth with how to reconcile the fact that Arias said she was having sex with Alexander without disobeying Mormon teachings, but she did think it was against church teachings for Alexander to joke with a woman about having an sexual encounter.

1:57 p.m. ET: Martinez said the Mormon Church has a pamphlet that goes through what is appropriate sexual behavior between non-married people. Arias said she never saw that pamphlet.

1:53 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about her knowledge of the Mormon teachings regarding joking about sexual encounters.

1:50 p.m. ET:

1:49 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander had inappropriate messages from a married Mormon woman about have a sexual encounter.

1:45: p.m. ET:

1:40 p.m. ET:

1:39 p.m. ET: Arias said Martinez is cutting off her questions. Martinez said is he supposed to let her ramble. Martinez has moved back to the issue of Alexander's phone. Arias said she had permission to look into his phone. Martinez challenged her and asked her again if he had permission to check his phone. She said she did not have permission that day to check his phone.

1:34 p.m. ET:

 

1:33 p.m. ET:

1:32 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:31 p.m. ET: Martinez made the point that when detective Flores interrogated her he used a soft voice -- and she still lied. So posturing has nothing to do with whether she will tell the truth. 

1:28 p.m. ET: Arias said her problem is with Martinez's posture. She said she is focusing more on his posturing and not the questions.

1:27 p.m. ET: Martinez and Arias are going back and forth on whether "offended" is the right word to describe her feelings. Arias said she has a problem with the way Martinez is asking his questions.

1:24 p.m. ET: Arias said she was hurt and offended after seeing the text messages on Alexander's phone.

1:22 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander was an amazing person and she loved him. Martinez asked her why they broke up. Arias said she saw text messages on his phone from another girl.

1:19 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing part of the CBS "48 Hours interview," where Arias said she was happy in her relationship with Alexander. The defense objected, and now they are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:15 p.m. ET: Arias said she had anal sex with Bobby Juarez two times.

1:13 p.m. ET:

1:11 p.m. ET: Martinez is pointing out that Arias was able to break up with Juarez and was also able to move out her mother's house at a young age.

1:08 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "Are you having problems understanding?"

"Sometimes because you go in circles," replied Arias.

1:07 p.m. ET: Martinez is again making the point that when someone wrongs Arias she confronts them. He said it seems like it is part of her personality. Arias said she only confronts people sometimes.

1:03 p.m. ET: Arias confronted Juarez about him cheating on her, and moved out his house almost immediately. Martinez is making the point that Arias was very assertive at a very young age.

1:00 p.m. ET: Martinez asked if Arias is comfortable confronting people who have wronged her. Arias said she can be in the right circumstances.

12:59 p.m. ET: Arias said she saw Juarez was emailing another woman, and they were "beyond friendly." She thought they were inappropriate, because it seemed he was cheating on her.

12:55 p.m. ET: After the library, Arias dropped Juarez off at a friend's house and went back to the library to look at Juarez's email account. Martinez accuses her of snooping on Juarez. Arias said she wouldn't call it snooping.

12:50 p.m. ET: Arias is telling the jury about a time she visited a local library with Juarez to use a computer in 1998.

12:46 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about why she broke up with her high school boyfriend Bobby Juarez.

12:45 p.m. ET: Arias is on the witness stand. Her testimony is about to begin.

12:35 p.m. ET: From our producer in the courtroom:

Judge Sherry Stephens is on the bench handling other matters. Arias is already in the courtroom with the defense team. Testimony should begin in a few moments.

Under a barrage of questions about a TV interview she did, Martinez got Arias to admit Monday that she was untruthful at times. She also said a journal she wrote at the time didn't paint a complete picture of daily events.

"It doesn’t talk anything about getting hit on the side of the head with the hand, does it?" Martinez asked at one point. 

Martinez was expected to question Arias' self-defense claims by showing evidence of premeditation, including the theft of her grandfather’s gun, which is the same caliber as the one used to shoot Alexander. He will also likely bring up her decisions to rent a car and borrow gas cans for her trip to Mesa, Arizona, to visit Alexander in June 2008.

During his cross-examination Monday, Martinez pointed out several times that there is no corroborating evidence that Alexander was physically abusive.

Martinez showed the jury Arias’ journal entries from the dates she said Alexander hit her, and there was no mention of him hitting her or choking her like she has claimed. He also displayed text messages between Arias and Alexander from the dates the alleged abuse took place, but again there was no mention of him becoming physically violent.

“This entry does not corroborate what happened in the car,” Martinez said. “You didn’t call the police?”

“No,” replied Arias.

Martinez asked, “You didn’t tell anyone about it?”

“No,” replied Arias.

Martinez said, “There is no corroboration; all we have is your word.”

Arias said multiple times that the journal and the text messages do not paint a complete picture of what happened those days.

Martinez has jumped around chronologically during his cross-examination of Arias, which is likely a technique to keep her off-guard. He has also maintained an aggressive courtroom demeanor.

Read more: Arias prosecutor's feisty style: Could it backfire?

Martinez also pointed out Monday the many lies Arias has told since Alexander died June 4, 2008. He played parts of a CBS “48 Hours” interview, during which Arias claimed two intruders killed Alexander at his home in Mesa.

At one point Monday, Arias said she did not want her parents to see her admit to killing Alexander on TV. Martinez shot back, "Then why are you admitting to it now?"

Honing in on the details of Alexander's brutal death, Martinez said, "Can you imagine how much it must have hurt Mr. Alexander when you stuck that knife right into his chest?"

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