Phoenix lawyer: Arias defense has 'repair work' to do when trial resumes Monday

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by Catherine Holland

GMAZ interview by Tess Rafols and Kaley O'Kelley

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 11:39 AM

PHOENIX -- Testimony will resume Monday in the Jodi Arias murder trial with the defense team doing its redirect.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez wrapped up his cross-examination of Arias Thursday in what was arguably the most dramatic day of testimony to date.

Arias broke down in tears as Martinez questioned her about how she killed her ex-lover Travis Martinez, something she insists was self-defense.

"Ma'am, were you crying when you were shooting him?" he asked.

"I don't remember," Arias answered tearfully.

"Were you crying when you were stabbing him?" he continued.

"I don't remember," she said once again.

"How about when you cut his throat? Were you crying then?"

"I don't know," she said between sniffles.

"So take a look, then," he said, referring to the photo. "You're the one that did this, right?"

"Yes," she said almost desperately, continuing to cover her face with her hand.

"And you're the same individual that lied about all this, right?" "Yes," she answered, removing her glasses and again covering her face as she continued to sob softly.

After a minute or so, Judge Sherry Stephens called for the noon recess. Arias had composed herself when she picked up her testimony after the lunch break.

Martinez then had Arias imitate for jurors how she says Alexander charged at her.

Phoenix criminal defense attorney Julio Laboy sat down with Tess Rafols and Kaley O'Kelley Friday morning to discuss the latest developments in the trial, which has become the most-watched case in the country.

"It's going to be up to the defense to show that this break-down is in line with their story and their theme," Laboy said. "There are folks who might suggest that this is panic. There are folks who are suggesting that it's really a manifestation of her being caught, cornered by Juan Martinez in a very direct and very effective cross-examination.

"What I think what the jury is seeing in the end is a prosecutor who believes 100 percent in his case," Laboy continued. "There is no question in that jury's mind that he's passionate about this case, as he should be. … He is the singular person in that courtroom representing Travis Alexander."

Laboy said he believes Martinez might have anticipated Arias' break-down and planned well for it.

Now that Martinez has wrapped up his cross-examination, the defense will have the opportunity to ask more questions of Arias in hopes of mitigating whatever damage Martinez might have done to their case.

"There's a lot of repair work and a lot of sort of explanation, I think, that the defense has to take into account," he explained.

Once Arias finishes her testimony, the defense will start calling expert witnesses to back up her claim of self-defense.

You can watch the court proceedings live on azfamily.com and on the 3TV News App for iPhone and iPad.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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