Jodi Arias trial: Is Arias' doctor helping or hurting case?
See my interview with Adam Slinger of ABC 15. This is what I said:
He helps in the sense that he provides an explanation to her testimony,” said Vladimir Gagic, a criminal defense attorney. “Whether or not it's credible or believable, I can't say, only the jury can say.
P.S. in a case eerily similar to this one, see Arizona v. MAYRA ISABEL BARRAZA from 2005:
Mayra Isabel Barraza (“Barraza”) appeals from the trial court’s imposition of a twenty-two year aggravated sentence for her conviction of second degree murder....
While at Espinoza’s house, Barraza stabbed Espinoza sixty times with a knife. Espinoza, who was five feet, two inches in height and weighed 139 pounds, bled to death in “a matter of minutes.” The wounds covered Espinoza’s chest, back, and neck, in addition to defensive wounds on the hands and forearms...
Barraza denied ever having been at Espinoza’s house and claimed that she was with friends on May 4, 2001. The police attempted to verify her story, but it proved to be false. During a third interview with police, [she told them] Espinoza, who was naked, then came at her, pushed her on the bed, and sexually assaulted her. She attempted to fight him off and was able to reach her purse, which held a knife that she carried for protection. She claimed that she did not know how many times she stabbed him.
In this case, as with Ms. Arias, the police charged Ms. Barraza with first degree murder and sought the death penalty. They did not charge her with felony murder.