First, we have more on the breakup murder trial. Defendant jodi arias on the stand for her third-straight day, giving explicit details about the relationship with the man she killed. Is she convincing... See More
First, we have more on the breakup murder trial. Defendant jodi arias on the stand for her third-straight day, giving explicit details about the relationship with the man she killed. Is she convincing jurors she killed in self-defense? Ryan owens is here with the details. Good morning, ryan. Reporter: Good morning, george. Day three on the stand. And jodi arias has gotten nowhere near talking about the day she repeatedly stabbed and shot her ex-boyfriend. And it's not clear how anything she's said on the stand so far has helped her case of self-defense. Why don't you come up and take the stand, please. Reporter: Jodi arias' third day on the witness stand was straight out of a soap opera. It was just really physical. Reporter: In excruciating and often explicit detail, the admitted killer told the jury about her early days of her relationship with travis alexander, back in 2006. I'm getting a lot of attention. But only while we're engaging in sexual activity. And then, we check out. And he takes off. And I kind of felt like -- like a prostitute, sort of. Reporter: She's trying to convince the jury alexander treated her like a secret, a throwaway sex object, that he controlled in the years leading up to his brutal murder in june of 2008. She testified she converted to the devout mormon faith just a month after she met him. Who baptized you into the mormon faith? Travis baptized me. Reporter: That baptism included a vow of chastity. But after the ceremony, when they were still in their church clothes, alexander urged her to violate that vow. She started to cry as she detailed that encounter. I wanted to. But I didn't stop him. Reporter: One of alexander's sisters rolled her eyes. I went with his agenda, i guess. Reporter: Though she said she killed in self-defense, she admits all of the trysts were c consent wall. They dated exclusively in 2007. And on valentine's day, he sent her a shirt and shorts with his name on it. But arias testified at the time she got the gift on valentine's day, she thought it was cute. So, the jury that was so riveted to this testimony, her testimony on the first day, day and a half, is now starting to look bored. And she is nowhere near done. Amy? All right. Ryan owens with the very latest. For more, let's bring in "gma" legal analyst, dan abrams. It was dayee of testimony. And it looks like she has more. And we haven't gotten to cross-examination yet. Are you surprised by how long this is taking? Yeah. Some people say it's a death penalty case, as a result, they have to let her put on the entirety of her case. I don't think that's the issue. I think there may have been a plan here, in effect, a legal filibuster, to make sure that the jurors leave for the weekend with just the direct examination. Remember, there's no testimony today or friday. So, the jurors have now had three days of direct testimony only, no cross-examination. They go home for the weekend. They think about the case. They're thinking about her direct examination. Her attorneys may have planned this to make sure that that's exactly what happened. She is giving a minute-by-minute account of things that happened four years ago. That's why. I can't explain why all -- i understand why a lot of the testimony is relevant. I can't explain why all of it is relevant, which is why I'm starting to think there's some -- strategy. Strategy here. And let's talk about the explicit nature of this testimony. We can't touch it here on morning television. Graphic details, graphic photos being shown to the jury. What impact does that have? They're trying to say he was controlling her sexually and through religion. The question about the impact depends on whether the jurors believe her. It becomes really important exactly how she's describing it. She seems nervous at times. She's trying to seem uncomfortable. If the jurors don't believe that reaction, that's a big problem. If the jurors do believe that, that's entirely helpful. So, while we talk about the graphic nature and the salacious nature of the testimony, actually, the way she's responding to it becomes even mo important. All right. There will be much, much more to tell. The cross-examination is still coming, next week. Dan abrams, thank you very much.
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