Jodi Arias' lawyers try to portray Arias as victim

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Jodi Arias has already been convicted of brutally murdering her boyfriend Travis Alexander. But in the sentencing retrial, the defense team has portrayed Arias as the victim by attacking Travis' character.

The portrait of Arias as a victim has been presented in the retrial through the testimony of defense expert psychologist Dr. L.C. Fonseca. And for the last several days prosecutor Juan Martinez has been doing everything he can to shred that image and the integrity of the expert.

"It was more cross-examination from Juan Martinez of Dr. Fonseca," says courtroom blogger Jen Wood.

"I do think that Juan Martinez has dulled some of the positive things, some of the positive effects of Fonseca," says legal analyst Beth Karas. "So while she was good on direct, she was not as good any more for the defense."

Martinez and Fonseca have often had heated exchanges, and Fonseca claimed Martinez was mis-characterizing parts of her testimony.

Last week, Martinez and Fonseca also faced off as Fonseca testified that Arias was degraded and made to feel like a prostitute by Travis Alexander, her former lover whose body was found in his Mesa apartment in June 2008.

On Tuesday, Martinez told Fonseca that Alexander was a man who felt he was "being used by the defendant."

Defense attorneys are trying to show that Arias was the victim of emotional abuse at the hands of Alexander, her ex-boyfriend.

Arias, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Alexander, is fighting for her life as this jury determines whether she should spend the rest of her life in prison or should be executed.

The jury that convicted Arias on May 8, 2013, was unable to reach a verdict in her sentencing and Stephens declared a mistrial on May 23, 2013.

Arias, who initially denied she killed Alexander, would eventually admit that she killed him in self-defense.

Since the retrial began on Oct. 21, members of the jury have been shown graphic photos of the crime scene, listened to interrogation tapes in which Arias produced a number of lies, and also saw a juror dismissed for asking a female journalist if she was TV journalist Nancy Grace.

The trial, which has generated an online and cable news audience nationwide, could last through January.