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Was Jodi truthful about her parents?

  • Watch 'HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial' at 10 p.m. on HLN
  • Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander; she claims self-defense
  • Alexander was stabbed 29 times, shot, throat slashed

When court is done for the day, the conversation is only just beginning. Watch HLN’s newest hit show "HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial" nightly at 10 p.m. on HLN.

Jodi Arias testified to difficult relations with her parents during her murder trial, even telling jurors that they had been physical with her at times.

But on Monday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew and his special guests discussed whether there is really any truth to those accusations.

“[During the ‘48 Hours interview], Arias gave a completely different version of her childhood,” attorney Mark Eiglarsh said. “It was a wonderful childhood -- no problems -- so how do you discern which is the truth? The answer is, you don't.  It's reasonable doubt.”

Criminal investigator Danine Manette added, “You cannot go logically from be being spanked with a belt to stabbing someone 29 times and shooting them in the head. It's not a natural progression.”

Forensic psychologist Cheryl Arutt then asked the panel, “Is anybody struck by how she remembers every single bit of these other supposed abuse incidents, and there's no fog?”

Eiglarsh replied, “That would be a feature in my closing argument.”

Arias claims she had to kill her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in self-defense in June of 2008 at his Mesa, Arizona home, even though she had initially given authorities other stories about the circumstances of his death. She faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

Dr. Drew On Call airs Monday through Thursday on HLN at 9 p.m. ET.  Follow the show on Facebook and Twitter @DrDrewHLN.


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