Jodi Arias trial: Prosecution wants to prove victim was afraid of Arias

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PHOENIX (AP) - Testimony has resumed in Jodi Arias' murder trial after the prosecutor worked to show the victim was afraid of Arias before his death.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez questioned a defense witness who says Arias suffered domestic abuse by her lover. Psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette says she didn't view Arias as a stalker, as the victim indicated to another woman.

LaViolette explained how Travis Alexander may have made such comments, but he did so while continuing to have sex with Arias, and that wasn't the behavior of a fearful man.

Arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in Alexander's 2008 killing. Prosecutors say she planned the attack. Arias says it was self-defense.

Arias' defense attorney is questioning LaViolette on Thursday.