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The Jodi Arias trial will not proceed as expected today. Shortly after 2pm ET, the judge's assistant announced, "We are unable to proceed today, court will resume at 9:30 a.m. [12:30 p.m. ET] tomorrow." No reason was given for the delay.
Domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette's testimony on Wednesday was expected to focus on supporting Arias’ claim that she was a victim of domestic violence. She was also expected to possibly have an explanation for what motivated Arias to lie about killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
“Lying isn’t typically something I just do," Arias said when she was on the stand. "I’m not going to say that I never told a lie in my life before this incident. But the lies that I’ve told in this case can be tied directly back to either protecting Travis’ reputation or my involvement in his death in any way,” she said.
On Tuesday, LaViolette spent the day giving the jury a tutorial on domestic violence, but did not comment on anything specific about Arias’ relationship with Alexander.
Arias testified earlier in the trial that Alexander’s physical and sexual abuse culminated in a fight, forcing her to kill him in self-defense. She also said she lied about killing Alexander and about their kinky sexual relationship to protect Alexander's reputation after his death. Alexander was a devout Mormon who had memorized the Book of Mormon, according to Arias' testimony.
LaViolette seemed to hint at many of the points she will make about Arias’ relationship with Alexander Tuesday.
LaViolette said that it is common for domestic violence victims to worry about hurting the reputation of their abusive partners. She also brought up how sex can be another way for abusers to control their victims.
“Sexual humiliation is where you’re having people do things that they might go along with but lowers their self-esteem," LaViolette said. "And it can be any kind of thing that’s humiliating or degrading to someone in a sexual way or using sex as a way to control. So it could be anything, it could be something that the other person is comfortable with, they go along with,” said LaViolette.
Alexander and Arias did engage in a wide variety of sexual acts. They recorded phone sex conversations, took pictures of each other in sexual poses and even acted out sexual fantasies involving candy.
“It could be forcing somebody to be sexual and there are strange things that happen in that area," LaViolette said. "I find that victims of domestic violence do not like to talk about sexual abuse because they feel that they’re as responsible as the other person … they blame themselves and they hold themselves accountable for the sexual abuse,” said LaViolette.
HLN is live-blogging the Jodi Arias trial. Read about LaViolette's testimony Tuesday here, and her first moments on the witness stand here. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from the trial. (Best read from the bottom up):
2:12 p.m. ET: The judge's assistant announced, "We are unable to proceed today, court will resume at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow." No reason was given for the delay.
1:59 p.m. ET: The start of court was delayed today for a hearing about whether the public will learn more information about the cost of Arias' defense.
Click here to read more about today's hearing.
1:56 p.m. ET: From our producer in the courtroom:
Judge Sherry Stephens just sentenced a Bosnian War veteran who stabbed his girlfriend 44 times with a screwdriver to life in prison without parole. She heard victim impact statements from members of the victim's family. The grief they expressed sent Samantha Alexander out of the courtroom in tears, as well as another Alexander supporter.
Judge Stephens has left the bench, and testimony should begin shortly.
1:47 p.m. ET: Testimony should begin any minute.