Yesterday defense attorney Jennifer Willmott was very effective in getting Dr. Richard Samuels back on track after prosecutor Juan Martinez tried his best to muddy the waters and call Samuels' competence and professionalism into question. It didn't really work since Samuels clarified and was allowed to clarify so many points on redirect, but Martinez is trying to throw as much mud as he can hoping something will stick. That's because he knows he hasn't got a death penalty-qualified case to begin with.
At worst Jodi will get murder two, and at best she will be acquitted because the jury believed she killed Travis Alexander in self defense. So far, everything seems to support Jodi's account, despite there being no witnesses to the crime other than Jodi, while the prosecution is left with nothing but speculation.
It's all going to hinge on whether the jury is sophisticated enough to see through the smoke-and-mirrors prosecution. What many believe is there will be a hung jury in this case. If that happens, any retrial had better be in a different location, with a sequestered jury, and with NO cameras or national media present.
Update: Dr. Samuels was on redirect no more than 90 minutes. After the trial was recessed so both sides could review the jury's questions, the trial was cancelled until tomorrow thanks to somebody puking in the courtroom.
It must have been somebody from HLN.
Trial will resume at 10:30 tomorrow PDT.
Trial can be viewed at the Arizona Republic website, among live streams or can be viewed here on the blog: