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Can Alyce LaViolette Prove Jodi Arias Was A Domestic Violence Victim? (LIVE UPDATES)

Day 40 of Jodi Arias' death penalty trial is set to resume in Arizona today. Alyce LaViolette, the defense team's psychotherapist -- a domestic violence expert who has the challenge of swaying the jury in favor of Arias -- will resume testimony about her assessment of the case.

On Tuesday, the Arias trial pushed on with a new juror, after one member of the panel was thrown off after the defense accused the juror of misconduct. Judge Sherry Stephens did not elaborate on the reason for the dismissal when she made her ruling.

LaViolette took the witness after the juror was ousted and again detailed her impressions of the relationship between Arias and Alexander.

"He treated her badly but he didn't feel badly about it," LaViolette said of her assessment based on Alexander's alleged statements.

Defense lawyers say Arias was physically and emotionally battered by Travis Alexander and feared for her life when she shot him, stabbed him nearly 30 times and cut his throat from ear to ear in his Mesa, Ariz., home on June 4, 2008.

Prosecutors say Arias, jealous of Alexander’s interest in other women, attacked him in the bathroom of his home after the couple spent the afternoon in bed making love.

The trial is set to resume at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time with LaViolette on the witness stand.

Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Wednesday:

The Huffington Post is live blogging Wednesday's testimony. Check back here for updates.

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