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Arias' borderline personality: Accurate diagnosis?

  • 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

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Prosecutor Juan Martinez began his rebuttal case Tuesday in the Jodi Arias trial by calling clinical psychologist Janeen DeMarte to the stand.

After evaluating Arias, DeMarte had diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder, explaining that the 32-year-old accused murderer fits seven of the nine characteristics of the condition.


On Monday night, Dr. Drew’s “Behavior Bureau” commented on DeMarte’s testimony and her diagnosis.

“I really loved seeing this psychologist being ethical -- being professional -- doing what we'd like to see happening.” forensic psychologist Cheryl Arutt said. "Yes, [it’s] an accurate diagnosis.  Borderline personality describes Jodi Arias.”

The man who once dated Arias, Abe Abdelhadi, added, “I think this is a very credible witness. It doesn't seem like there’s much of a competition for the defense … I think the defense has their hands full."

In the past, Dr. Drew has speculated that Arias had something “in the range of borderline personality with some psychopathy.”

He noted, “[Jodi] was in trouble. Friends were concerned about her. Parents were concerned about her. That was the time for her to get help … [but] she killed somebody.  I have no patience for that … Now, she has to pay the pauper.”

The defense team will continue cross examination of DeMarte on Wednesday.

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

SEE MORE VIDEO: Arias' dad: Jodi was a strange person

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