Jodi Arias retrial: Psychologist still on the stand

Posted: Updated:
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
Jodi Arias stands as the jury enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle Jodi Arias stands as the jury enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle
Jodi Arias stands as the jury enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle Jodi Arias stands as the jury enters the courtroom during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle
Psychologist Dr. Robert Geffner testifies during the Jodi Arias sentencing phase of the retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle Psychologist Dr. Robert Geffner testifies during the Jodi Arias sentencing phase of the retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle
Psychologist Dr. Robert Geffner testifies during the Jodi Arias sentencing phase of the retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle Psychologist Dr. Robert Geffner testifies during the Jodi Arias sentencing phase of the retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on January 22, 2015. By Mark Henle

PHOENIX -- The sentencing retrial for convicted murderer Jodi Arias entered its 28th day Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court with psychologist Dr. Robert Geffner returning to the witness stand.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez attacked Arias' claims that her lover, Travis Alexander, body slammed her  and broke her little finger.

Martinez told the jury that the convicted killer is a well-documented liar. He was hoping to discredit the psychologist's testimony.

Judge Sherry Stephens sent jurors out of the room as the lawyers argued over psychological tests given to Arias.

Geffner has testified Arias was in several abusive relationships and as a result suffers from anxiety, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

He said that Arias has answered more than 2,000 questions on various psychological tests over the years and all indications are she suffers from mental illness.

Defense attorneys are trying to establish that Arias was the victim of domestic violence and should not be put to death for the murder of her former boyfriend.

The retrial was supposed to be over last month, but it looks like this case could run through March, especially if Arias herself gets back on the witness stand.

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 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.

The body of 30-year-old Alexander was found in his Mesa apartment. He had been stabbed, his throat was slit and he had a gunshot wound to his forehead.

Arias, who initially denied she killed Alexander, would eventually admit that she killed him in self-defense, but jurors didn't buy into that claim.

Members of the current jury, who were selected from more than 400 potential jurors over several weeks, have been shown graphic photos of the crime scene, have listened to interrogation tapes in which Arias produced a number of lies, and had a juror dismissed for asking a woman journalist in attendance if she was TV journalist Nancy Grace, since the retrial began on Oct. 21.

The trial, which has generated an online and cable news audience nationwide, is expected to last through January, Stephens said last week.