Validity of 'blackout defense' for Jodi Arias
Will defense strategy work at murder trial?
- Duration 4:49
- Date Mar 4, 2013
Will defense strategy work at murder trial?
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All right now we're waiting more testimony from -- areas at her capital murder trial she's already spent five grueling days under cross examination.
Where the prosecutor kept hammering her over white.
What he called her repeated lies about.
The stabbing and slashing and shooting death of her lover Travis Alexander the prosecution claims she killed Alexander and jealous rage her attorney say.
It's self defense area seems to be holding firm under questioning several times saying she distinctly.
-- remember the details of the killing adding she may have even blacked out.
There are some things that have come back.
But nothing I don't know those things that I'm thinking and from the floor or if it's that day and it's confusing there it is like huge gap.
Like I don't -- blacked out her way into huge gap.
They have the most clear memory that I have accidentally.
Just driving -- desert.
But there are certain.
Little -- me.
Have come back pictures in my mind and come back since then.
So could there be some sort of -- defense for areas that saves her.
From the death penalty joining us now doctor Daniel ovaries of forensic psychiatrist doctor nice have you back with this who were in the middle of this conversation on Friday.
We got interrupted by a little something called sequestration so thank you for coming back with that's.
Thanks -- glad to be here talking is about what you know but -- this case.
When seven blacks out is that does that really happen then and and you know what happens if -- blacks out what don't they remember.
Well blackouts are typically.
Associated with -- alcohol that is drinking a very large amount of alcohol in a very short period of time.
And we generally lose memory for events that occur after the drinking episode so.
Typically the black -- per say are associated with alcohol specifically -- now however.
People who undergo severe psychological trauma -- can lose.
Their memory for events that occurred during the trauma or even fragments.
Of memory that occurred during that time.
However in this particular case I don't think it really applies.
Because -- She has changed her story at least three times and she did a lot of things after the commission of the crime to cover her tracks including.
Throwing -- digital camera in the washing machine.
Jumping the gun in the desert trying to dispose of her clothes so a lot of what she did where attempts to conceal the crime.
And it didn't seem that the time she really had blacked out because she changed her story so many times.
Interesting so what let's talk specifically about the blackout that she's describing where she says she -- remember so many parts of the detail.
This murder machine -- -- that she killed she killed this man it's true blackout would you be so -- since I've memory.
That you would -- know what to cover up.
In -- -- -- you can't lose memory for the entire event or for fragments of the event that is a blackout and again it usually is associated with alcohol.
So basically you're saying.
Because she remembers so much after and so much before the fact that she could be completely -- an -- the crime itself doesn't make sense.
It's really common sense I mean if she had blacked out she -- set -- getting you know I know something happen but I don't really remember but instead she initially said.
That she wasn't even there.
And then she said it was two different intruders.
And now she's claiming self defense so if she had said she blacked out from the beginning there may be some credibility there.
But she has -- so many times already I just think it's a really solid defense.
Just real quickly here -- here doctor you know we've seen her go through so much on the stand she's been basically and the Stanford for two weeks.
Would even be watching for next because towards the end of last week she started breaking down there was a lot of tears she's having a hard time composing herself.
What do you do watching for next is is we see this new week and some more testimony from this -- Well I think the defense's approach is not working so I think they're very desperate at this point it's so it'll be interesting to see.
Sort of what tricks they pull out of their hat to try to come up -- to cover up for something that at this point seems all too obvious so.
I'm expecting probably a lot more tears.
A lot more defensiveness and we'll see what happens anything that's working for you think that's creating some sort of bond with the jury seeing her so emotional on stand.
-- I do think the time that she spent on the stand she has developed a bond with the jury.
And whether that bond will be enough for them to spare her life really remains to be seen.
Actor great -- back on the program thank you for the time today.
Thank you --