PTSD argument targeted in Arizona murder trial
PHOENIX (AP) – A prosecutor in Jodi Arias’ murder trial is targeting a defense expert’s credibility and the psychologist’s diagnoses that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez questioned psychologist Richard Samuels’ credibility during a heated exchange Monday, leading to repeated objections from defense attorneys.
Samuels has spent two days on the witness stand describing how Arias suffers from amnesia and PTSD. He said it was the reason why she can’t remember much from the day she says she killed her lover in self-defense.
“Amnesia is not necessarily a fake or made-up kind of occurrence,” Samuels told jurors. “It is not as if amnesia can only be made up to cover up something.”
Samuels said he met with Arias a dozen times for more than 30 hours over three years before eventually diagnosing her with PTSD and amnesia. He resumed his testimony Tuesday.
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