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‘The Battered Woman Syndrome’ author on Arias

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  • Jodi Arias claims she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense
  • Dr. Lenore Walker, author of "The Battered Woman Syndrome," speaks about the Jodi Arias trial
  • Watch 'HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial' at 10 p.m. on HLN

In an exclusive interview with Nancy Grace, Dr. Lenore Walker, author of “The Battered Woman Syndrome,” and executive director of the Domestic Violence Institute, speaks out about the murder trial of Jodi Arias.

Jodi Arias’ defense attorney Jennifer Willmott grilled the state’s rebuttal witness Janeen DeMarte on Wednesday, saying Walker no longer follows her own criteria when evaluating someone to determine if they are a battered woman.

“I still use it,” Walker told Grace.

“If Jodi Arias was lying about Travis Alexander abusing her, could she still be a battered woman?” Grace asked Walker. 

“Sure. Battered women lie all the time. That’s how they stay alive. That’s how they deal with the shame that they feel, so lying is not new for battered women,” Walker said.

“It is not just whether or not someone’s a battered woman that’s important in these cases as you well know, Nancy. It doesn’t give them a free pass just because they’re a battered woman. It’s really used only to help us understand whether or not they were in fear of what was happening, that they would be seriously harmed or killed at the time that they commit a homicide. That’s what we have to look at, and that’s not what I’ve heard yet in this trial,” Dr. Walker added.

Arias claims she was a victim of Alexander’s physical and emotional abuse during their relationship. On the stand, Arias told the jury she killed Alexander in self-defense on June 4, 2008.

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