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Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

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Was Jodi Arias a victim of abuse?

  • Jodi Arias claims she killed her ex-boyfriend in self-defense
  • A domestic violence expert took the stand to support claims that Arias was abused by Travis Alexander
  • Criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson and HLN's Vinnie Politan take a closer look

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Was Jodi Arias a victim of abuse?

The Jodi Arias trial just wrapped week 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.

We watched as jurors asked Arias more than 200 questions about the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. We've heard claims that Arias was obsessed and that Travis was a sexual deviant. The latest twist? A domestic violence expert testified for the defense, supporting claims that Arias was abused. Alyce LaViolette took to the stand-- claiming Alexander's friends told Arias he had a history of abusing women.

Arias is on trial for the 2008 death of Alexander -- a killing she claims was pure self-defense but prosecutors call premeditated, cold-blooded murder. HLN's Vinnie Politan and criminal defense attorney Joey Jackson joined Susan Hendricks to break down LaViolette's testimony.

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