Jodi Arias scored in the “very superior” range on a test administered by a psychologist for the prosecution, who told the court Tuesday that the test indicates the accused murdered knows how to disguise her aggression.
Janeen DeMarte’s testimony caused a stir in the first-degree murder trial as she also added that people who score as highly as Arias did on the verbal comprehension test often have “seething” outbreaks, adding that manipulation is a personality trait that starts at a very young age.
Arias faces the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander by stabbing him 29 times and shooting him in the face.
Again Martinez focused on Arias’ diary and asked the Phoenix-based psychologist (who has been licensed only since 2010) if the entry after Alexander’s June 2008 death where she wrote, “I haven’t written because there was nothing noteworthy to report,” could be translated to mean the exact opposite.
“I read it for what it says,” replied DeMarte.
As opposed to the 44 hours that LaViolette spent interviewing Jodi, which DeMarte called “extreme,” the psychologist spent 12 hours of clinical evaluation with Arias.
“Do you ever bring gifts to people you are evaluating?” asked Martinez, referring to a book Dr. Richard Samuels gave Jodi as a present. “No, that would be inappropriate,” was the expert’s answer, adding that she had never heard of the book, Your Erroneous Zones, which was given to Arias and published in 1976 – before Michigan State University graduate DeMarte was even born!
The prosecution witness explained that she twice administered a test called the Trauma Symptom Inventory on Arias and the results revealed that she was “anxious and depressed,” reported Michael Kiefer from the Arizona Republic.
The psychologist went on to reveal that Arias, 32, was of above-average intelligence and in the the verbal comprehension test she scored 136, which is “very superior.”
People with these elevations have a lot of aggression and know how to disguise it, DeMarte said. They have “seething” outbreaks, adding that manipulation is a personality trait that starts at a very young age.
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