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Can this witness bolster Arias abuse claim?

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  • HLN is covering the Jodi Arias trial live gavel-to-gavel
  • Arias is accused of killing Travis Alexander, but she says she did it in self-defense
  • Psychologist Richard Samuels may be defense's last witness
  • Watch "HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial" starting Wednesday at 10 pm on HLN
Can this witness bolster Arias abuse claim?

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Arias describes sex with Travis on baptism day

3 questions the jury should ask Jodi Arias

3 questions the jury should ask Jodi Arias

When court is done for the day, the conversation is only just beginning. Watch our new show, HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial, nightly at 10 pm ET on HLN.

It’s going to be a tough act to follow, but once Jodi Arias is finished testifying her defense team is expected to call their final two witnesses. 

The defense’s last witness will likely be clinical and forensic psychologist Richard Samuels.

Read more: Evidence photos from the Jodi Arias trial

Samuels’ website says he specializes in sex crimes, and he works closely with defense attorneys to evaluate their clients’ legal options with “in depth case analysis” that will often “result in a more favorable outcome for you client.”

Read more: Meet the woman who may testify after Arias

“When you need a verified expert in the field of sexually violent perpetrator commitment hearings, psychological risk assessments of sentencing, sexual harassment and gender discrimination matters for defendants and emotional [trauma] from medical malpractice defendants and plaintiffs, Dr. Richard Samuels has the experience, education, and prestige to help you support your vital arguments,” reads Samuel’s site.

Watch: Jodi is having fun, says body language expert (VIDEO)

Arias testified that her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, doled out physical and sexual abuse that pushed her to the point that she had to kill him in self-defense.  She also asserted that Alexander was a sexual deviant who was aroused by children.

Samuels will likely testify about the psychological toll Alexander’s alleged abuse took on Arias. He may also address whether it is plausible for Arias to have memory lapses from the day she killed Alexander due to the emotional trauma.

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