Dr. Janeen DeMarte, a behavioral psychologist, maintains that Jodi Arias has borderline personality disorder. (CBS 5 News)
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Defense attorneys were scheduled to continue their cross-examination of a prosecution witness Wednesday morning in the first-degree murder trial of Jodi Arias.
Dr. Janeen DeMarte, a behavioral psychologist, was called by prosecuting attorney Juan Martinez on Tuesday to discredit the testimony of defense witnesses Richard Samuels' and Alyce LaViolette's diagnoses that Arias suffers post-traumatic stress disorder.
DeMarte was called after defense attorney Kirk Nurmi rested the defense's case after 38 days and 10 witnesses.
DeMarte said Arias has borderline personality disorder.
"Borderline personality disorder, similar to what we see in teenagers, often sense of immaturity and emotional mobility general about instability, interpersonal relationship, emotions and sense of identity, meaning who am I as a person, constant fluctuation, manipulation, large sense of immaturity. Think about a teenager," DeMarte described to the courtroom.
DeMarte also called LaViolette's and Samuels' evaluations inappropriate, saying never in a clinical evaluation should a psychologist give gifts or show compassion toward the person they're interviewing, things both defense experts admit to doing.
Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott started cross-examination late Tuesday afternoon, and was set to continue at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The prosecution maintains Arias killed her ex-lover Travis Alexander in a jealous rage in June 2008. His body was found stabbed multiple times, his throat slit and he had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Arias claims she killed Alexander in self-defense. She faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
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