Is Jodi Arias a pathological liar?
Forensic psychiatrist analyzes testimony
- Duration 6:03
- Date Mar 1, 2013
Forensic psychiatrist analyzes testimony
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An accidental and we've been closely following the murder trial of -- areas the woman claiming she stabbed and shot to death her boyfriend.
And self defense and we've seen.
An interesting evolution if you well of her demeanor during this week during a cross examination.
Here she is on the stand on Monday the first day the prosecutors started questioning her.
The truth was it that you were -- the problem wasn't.
In the UK.
And in fact you were there for a different purpose you -- -- that you wouldn't get the truth right now unless -- against England.
You experience -- -- he didn't have to talk to them did you.
In hindsight yeah.
Yeah you have to talk from.
It is true that you could have chosen not to talk to her right.
He couldn't speak at when he's they are at the time that man.
But then yesterday after another day of grueling cross examination by lead prosecutor Juan Martinez -- areas.
-- -- -- -- -- -- And were you crying when he was.
About when he has gently turning them.
And you know.
Take a look.
And you know what I did that's right.
And here is an individual that.
-- about all this right.
So we'll take a little -- He's asking her to take a look at the picture the picture.
The dead body.
-- her boyfriend.
I doctor Daniel -- as a forensic psychiatrist he joins us now.
I doctor what's your take it added to see this as a couple snippets -- -- been following this case when it what is year professional opinion about what's happening on the stand.
Well -- you know from the beginning there's been so many lies in so many inconsistencies.
In her story.
I think at this point she's just trying to you know present her version of events in the most.
I think when confronted with the facts I think the reason she doesn't look at the prosecutors because she's guilty and she knows that she's basically been caught.
Heading -- some as a pathological liar.
Well it's difficult to tell you know there are certain signs for example the amount of time someone takes two.
Answer the question the amount of there's even things like the amount of times -- -- blink.
If they look away from you when -- look when they're answering the questions.
These are all subtle behavioral cues that can be used to determine if someone is lying obviously not infallible leave but they are signs.
And we're of course now watching this from outside -- the courtroom so keep that in mind because for our.
Reviewers had this court case -- is a very real case for what's gonna happen and Judy areas whether or not she's going to be put to death.
Or not you've been called in before when your next burning case -- be called and it incited the defense of the prosecution.
If you were called in on the -- the defense are giving to save her from the death penalty would you point out as a professional here.
Play you know -- very -- things subtle things going on here.
We've seen things like this in the Casey Anthony trial we've also seen things like this -- Lindsay Lohan.
The fact that she's been on the stand so many days has caused the jury to form a bond with them even if it's not on a conscious level.
Also if you notice that she's wearing eyeglasses.
And a lot of the pictures she doesn't Wear glasses and she's also had blond hair.
I think the defense is trying to portray her as sort of -- girl next door look vs.
The blond haired -- who murdered her boyfriend so I think there's a lot of things going on that are done to present -- in a way to the jury that would it would make it difficult for them to punish her.
And I -- have one person feels a connection to her because she's been on the stand for so long that's part of the defense's strategy.
To keep her from the death penalty.
Absolutely it's ultimately spare her life so let's talk about the prosecution that we've seen a prosecutor is very aggressive in his line of questioning.
He's he -- areas breakdown if you were advising the prosecution -- point -- out to that side.
What would you highlight for that.
Well I think overall the prosecutor Martinez I believe his name is has been very confrontational.
And very sort of in your face I don't know.
That that really is the best approach because again I think he risks alienating the jury.
I think he's better off taking.
A softer tone and some of this questioning.
What role do you think a professional.
Psychiatrist can have in this case we.
We wonder what's going to be happening next when she leaves the stand what do you think is left to be presented to the jury to get a complete picture.
Of the story here.
Well certainly a psychiatrist can -- many roles he can talk about what her state of mind was at the time of the crime.
He can aid in it tips to sway the jury one way or the other in a consulting role.
But most often psychiatrist in these types of cases are looking at what the state of mind was the person was when they allegedly committed the crime.
And she says she's in that five doctor that she'd she actually doesn't talk a lot about her state of mind because she says she doesn't really remember she doesn't even know -- she was crying.
So how do you offer any input when -- says something like that which is I don't remember and I was in a fog.
Well certainly certainly people can have lapses in their memory during these types of events but it seems that her lapses in memory.
Are advantageous to her she doesn't remember the key facts especially when she says that she.
Tried to kill her victim but she seems to remember things like you know leaving a message on his voice -- dumping the -- of the desert right.
-- trying to dispose of her clothes so I find a number of attempts on her part to try to conceal the crime.
And it seems like -- only -- -- remember when it would make her look like she's responsible had been using.