Psychologist testifies in Jodi Arias trial

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- There's no end in sight to the Jodi Arias' sentencing re-trial.

It is now expected to run longer than the original trial, which lasted five months.

On Monday, jurors got an inside look into the twisted and manipulative mind of the convicted killer.

Psychologist Janeen Demarte was back on the witness stand, reading through e-mails and texts that Arias sent the man she murdered, former boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The e-mails and letters were sent after Arias stabbed Alexander nearly 30 times and shot him in the head.

One email said, "I haven't heard back from you."

Dr. Demarte then read through one of Arias' journal entries, that was also written after Arias killed Alexander.

Arias wrote, "People are dropping my name about possibly having something to do with Travis' death....I don't understand it....I have been praying for his family and the detectives...This is difficult to write about.....I take comfort in knowing the truth will come out soon."

"It's extremely creepy," said Jen Wood, with Jen's Trial Diaries. "It shows that Jodi Arias was having these conversations with Travis Alexander after she had murdered him, even going so far as saying, "it's too bad the person that did it, hasn't been found yet."

Earlier in the day, Arias' attorney Kirk Nurmi did his best to discredit Demarte, accusing her of misrepresenting facts and providing an incomplete evaluation.

At one point, Nurmi started yelling at Demarte.

" It can be dangerous to attack too much," said legal expert Beth Karas. "Especially if the jurors think - why are you being so hard on her? She's not being evasive."

Testimony was a bit different last Thursday, when several court watchers said the Arias defense team was successful in cross-examining DeMarte.

But it wasn't known what impact it might have on the jury that is deciding whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or execution for the June 2008 murder of her ex-lover Travis Alexander.

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

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

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

Members of the current jury, which was selected from more than 400 potential jurors over several weeks, have been shown graphic photos of the crime scene, 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 Oct. 21.

The trial has generated an online and cable news audience nationwide.

There will be no trial on Tuesday.

Testimony in the case is expected to continue Wednesday morning.