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New round of controversial testimony set for today in the murder trial duty areas her lawyers are trying to convince jurors she killed her boyfriend and self defense.
-- to help make their case they are calling a psychotherapist back to the stand as an expert witness on domestic violence.
Adam Housley has that live from Los Angeles.
-- a yet done -- -- defense witness Alice -- pilot is really meant to try to patch the holes in the defense case you know they had.
The the other doctors sandals on the stand for six days and there are some issues of course with some of his -- he admitted to making mistakes in his report.
-- -- is there to be a domestic violence expert in yesterday's sort of touching on some of the issues.
About how Travis was brought up insinuating.
-- because he had some problems within his own immediate family that might have led to him being more of an abusive type of a boyfriend take a listen.
They get in a situation.
With their partner in their thrown back.
To that powerlessness that they had when their kids.
And they don't know what to do it.
And so they act.
Took to stop that that powerlessness in the latest powerlessness.
Is to get bigger.
And more powerful.
Either verbally emotionally physically than any other person.
They they see -- making him feel powerless.
What -- is -- an expert.
On a battered women and it's also an author on domestic abuse in the insinuation here is the defense is trying to prove.
That because Travis had a tough upbringing upbringing with his immediate family.
But that potentially lead to him to being an abuser and of course they -- -- PT EST which -- the reason why -- -- can't remember killing him are at least remember most of the killing.
And a problem with that is a couple of things John first of all Joseph here's herself -- admitted she had a tough upgraded bringing at least that's which he's insinuated.
In her testimony.
And also there are a lot of people out there in fact there's really nobody out there has been able to -- other than -- areas are saying that Travis Alexander was an abusive guy so it's going to be interesting to see how this plays sport more interesting of course going to be the cross examination.
Because as we know the prosecutor has been nothing but aggressive and he tore up the last.
Witness so we're curious to see what he does with this war.
-- they actually using Travis is namely in suggesting.
That he had some kind of -- horrible upbringing or they just kind of throwing general picture questions out there.
They're just starting with general picture but they're insinuating they're gonna go that direction and -- -- -- -- to -- -- a little bit before they're going back that direction now -- -- -- that.
This made him an abuser wasn't really his fault.
But it made him an abuser and of course the PT SD is the reason why -- -- -- as a remember.
That night that she kill them and you'll seven point seven time -- wrote unity here.
And shot him in the head so.
That's where this is all going job but again the cross examinations going to be really -- if the jury believe this or not and of course the jury can ask questions with gives us an insight.
If they believe this testimony and all right thanks very much we'll get back to -- in just bit.
-- -- Jones -- Barbara talk a little bit about the defense strategy ads had Nelson is a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.
As Japan it is also a criminal defense attorney so guys this is just all about -- the fat -- Write it as any -- -- that they're alleging that about Travis Alexander is any of its factories they're just they're making somebody at -- what what what are you doing.
They're making it up that's exactly right and at this point everything they're talking about as a hypothetical but what they're doing.
-- -- building this case about this hypothetically horrible person they haven't mentioned Travis yet but it wanted to keep piling on.
Hey he was a victim of child abuse that his parents use drugs that they often -- Collected in and we don't care anymore that is true right -- that's just there hypothetically saying.
Something like that could it happen maybe in his past.
-- implying it and that's what's so crazy here and this is such a huge gamble by these lawyers because -- it turns around.
That they can actually tie it together and make it where the people understand it's the truth they got a stare at the -- is in the front row.
And they're going to be looking that -- and if it's true they're going to be met the family but if it's not true.
They're going to be -- the lawyers there for the -- -- areas it's that simple pastor there attacking.
And murder victim.
And in this in this case how risky is that.
It's of course very -- even in self defense case that's all you had as a defense attorney.
If if if Travis and -- really attacked -- -- -- then.
Everything that comes with it -- ugly -- in truth -- ugly.
EMMR Martinez doesn't have any problem talking about DOT right in front of her parents and her parents are certainly not some -- This is just -- -- -- -- in court it's not percent ST it's for justice and it's for truth.
The truth is that -- acting in self defense and I don't know that that is true.
At then have to come out and the jury have to know that it's not a place.
The defense attorney cannot.
Just take into consideration Travis is.
They -- sitting in the front -- -- and it did their job if that's what's going to happen and it did add something -- this hypothetical issue.
Does psychologists who is never met Travis that -- would be unethical for her to diagnose ten having never met him sell.
All that she -- you.
It's a hypothetical -- -- -- -- this is certainly allowed for an expert you can't get a -- talking about a hypothetical -- -- an expert talking about a hat I.
And it just explain the video that we were just showing which is the front row.
Of the people watching the trial of course you know see the jury that we -- you -- the audience there.
And that front row is full of very stoic faces seven of them family members of -- area some of them family members who have Travis Alexander's and that's -- the jury is seeing -- As -- prosecutor would it be wise to battle these hypotheticals.
I call you engaging in them calling a family member and an asking whether or not any of this is true or is it better.
I think they're gonna battle it and the reason I think they're gonna battle it is because if you look at the first.
Expert that the defense put on.
Not doctor -- He basically said she was going to post traumatic stress syndrome and he -- even -- you know he didn't even -- -- -- after she came clean on what actually happened.
So -- -- value weighted her when she was still sticking with the story about the intruders doing the murder.
So now you've got this this next expert and she's coming to clean and she's saying hey.
All these problems with Travis about it bringing up and -- Travis -- family.
And that very front row and I think that Martinez is going to put on some evidence to show that -- That's not actually true so I agree with -- we can't hold this against the actual expert because she can only talk about hypotheticals.
But who ultimately gets tagged with this.
If it's not believed.
Is the defense attorneys therefore -- areas that's why it's such a big gamble because -- they are good no they are -- this man this just deceased persons.
You don't base in the mud in front of his family.
And it showed not believable just like the first expert when believable they will make -- -- pay the price it's that simple.
And as you mentioned that very -- quick final thought from you Esther.
Yes I think you know action had failed and thirties.
-- -- not testimony -- talked about horrible things that Travis -- alleged to have done.
So I don't know that having his -- -- anything -- -- frankly I don't -- can get any worse in terms of character assassination of the victim.
But the defense half their ultimate goal is to get her.
Away from the death penalty.
And -- garner any bright and at the on that jury making it a policy if they're successful as we continue to watch this trial iPad and -- thank you.
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