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Dr. Drew on Arias' memory gap: 'Convenient'

  • Jodi Arias, on trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, claims self-defense
  • Prosecutor Juan Martinez says that there is evidence of premeditated murder

Jodi Arias has accused ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander of a number of things since she has taken the stand, including physical assault and bullying her at times.

Arias and her attorneys claim she killed Alexander in self-defense, even though she had given authorities other stories about his death in the past.

After Alexander’s body was found in June 2008 at his Mesa, Arizona, home, Arias told police she was not involved in his killing. She later told investigators that she witnessed two intruders break in and kill him. Eventually, Arias said she killed Alexander in self-defense.

However, on her last day of testimony answering questions from the defense, Arias said she couldn’t remember several key points the day Alexander died. “I have no memory of stabbing him,” she told jurors.  

On Wednesday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew and criminologist/attorney Casey Jordan discussed whether it’s possible to have such a memory loss pattern without previous dissociation.

“Not only do I not buy it, I don't think anybody buys it,” Jordan said. ”There are different kinds of amnesia. There are different kinds of blackout memory. But it's rare you that get an entire gap."

She added, “If you have such a trauma, usually this kind of memory loss is caused by a … physical traumatic injury, like brain surgery or a blow to the head. None of that happened … it’s convenient memory loss.”

Dr. Drew agreed that it seemed “awfully convenient,” and further explained when it is common for people to “black out, red out or even more commonly, gray out.” Hear his full response in the video player above.

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READ: Arias vs. State of Arizona: Who will the jury believe?

READ: Jodi: 'No memory' of stabbing Travis

CLICK: Jodi Arias trial: 133 evidence photos

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