State prosecutors on the third day of a manslaughter trial in Waldo Superior Court zoomed in on inconsistencies in recorded interviews with the Rockport woman accused of stabbing a man to death in 2017.

Victoria Scott is accused of causing the death of Edwin Littlefield Jr. on Feb. 8, 2017. Scott, who was 24 at the time, stabbed the 43-year-old Littlefield seven times outside a Waldo home where she was staying. He later bled to death. There were no witnesses and Scott has claimed she was defending herself from Littlefield, who she said turned violent after a verbal confrontation.

Jurors on Wednesday heard a series of five recorded interviews with Scott conducted by Maine State Police Detective Scott Quintero, starting on the night of the incident, Feb. 8, 2017, and spanning the next two days.

Quintero and Scott talked in the emergency room of Waldo County General Hospital, went to McDonald's and Circle K together, did a walk-through of the crime scene with a police videographer and spoke in Quintero's cruiser, once at the scene and twice outside the home of Scott's parents in Rockport.

The detective appeared on the witness stand Wednesday and answered some questions from prosecutors; however, the bulk of what was heard in the courtroom came from audio and video of the interviews with Scott, which were played for the jury.

Prosecutors say that Scott's story changed over the course of these interviews, and Wednesday's marathon listening session appeared to be meant to support that claim.

Both sides have agreed on the basic sequence of events leading up to the confrontation between Scott and Littlefield.

At about 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2017, Littlefield arrived at 254 Kendall Corner Road, a house owned by 60-year-old Rose Newton. He had stayed at the house before and helped Newton with chores, according to testimony from several witnesses.

When he arrived that night, he learned that Scott and a friend, Josh Dorman, were staying there, at which point he became upset and complained to the homeowner about Scott and Dorman. He then left the house.

Scott went out another door with a cigarette and crossed paths with Littlefield. The encounter would end with her stabbing him with a Winchester pocket knife and severing arteries in his leg, from which he would bleed to death.

Scott's claim of self-defense has appeared to rest on whether she left the house with the intent of confronting Littlefield, how she approached him and whether she believed her life was in danger in the moments before she stabbed him.

The prosecution has tried to shine a light on inconsistencies in her story.

In Scott's first interview with Quintero, at Waldo County General Hospital on the night of the incident, she described listening from behind the bedroom door as Littlefield complained about her and Dorman. She couldn't understand much, she said, but "felt a negative energy," which she said mixed badly with her autism.

"We try to find safe places and de-stressing mechanisms," she said to the officer.

She left the house by the back door to smoke a cigarette, not knowing if Littlefield had gone, and walked along the side of the house. Littlefield emerged from the basement door at the front of the house and began walking away from her, she said, at which point she called to him.

"I said, 'Hey, what's the matter,'" she said. "That's the kind of person I am."

Scott said Littlefield turned on his heels and ran at her. He stopped several inches from her face, "obviously stinking drunk," and began cursing at her, then grabbed her by the chest and pushed her down. She fell backward and hit her head on the tailgate of a pickup truck, in which Littlefield would later be found dead.

Scott described a rush of adrenaline when she hit the ground. She sprang back to her feet and confronted Littlefield as he walked way, tagging after him in an attempt to get an answer about why he had pushed her. She told Quintero that she knew Littlefield to have railed against men who physically abused women, so his behavior that night seemed out of character.

She said she considered him a friend, and that apart from one argument in which he called her a "Knox County nutcase," he hadn't insulted her. She went outside believing his beef was with Joshua Dorman, her friend who was upstairs in the bedroom at that moment.

Scott told Quintero that people described her as a "pitbull" in emotional matters, meaning that she grabbed onto problems and refused to let go.

Quintero suggested it seemed more likely she had retribution on her mind, but Scott disagreed.

"It's not the first time a guy has hit me and pushed me and I followed him down the street to see if he's OK," she said.

Quintero continued to cast doubt on how Scott expressed herself in the moment. He pointed to the differences between her account at the hospital and her description several hours later in his police cruiser outside the Kendall Corner Road house, when she said her first words to Littlefield were "What the f*** is your problem?"

"No matter what I said, I was concerned for his state of mind," Scott said.

"There's a semantic difference between, 'Hey are you OK' and 'What the f*** is your problem,'" Quintero said. He asked her to imagine a nurse using the phrases interchangeably.

More discrepancies emerged in the later parts of Scott's story.

She said she caught up with Littlefield just beyond the pickup and touched him on the elbow. Here, Scott described a shift in the confrontation. Littlefield grabbed her by the wrist, she said, and pulled her toward the road in such a way that she had to struggle to keep up. She told him he had no right to push her down, she said. Scott said Littlefield knew that she suffers from anxiety and takes prescription medicines. He insulted her and cast doubt on her credibility.

"He told me he can do whatever he wants, but if I do anything to him, I'm going to prison forever," she said.

Quintero questioned the distance Littlefield would have had to pull her to reach the spot halfway down the driveway where they allegedly stopped — 69 feet, according to measurements taken crime scene investigators — and suggested that Scott had kept after him.

He also questioned when the knife came out.

Scott said Littlefield pushed her backward. She tripped on a log, and — perhaps in an effort to catch herself — pulled him down with her. Littlefield straddled her, she said, and hit her several times in the face, knocking her glasses off, then put his gloved hands around her throat and threatened to kill her, which is when she took the knife out of her pocket and stabbed him.

Quintero said he believed that she took out her knife out before they hit the ground. Scott agreed that she might have had it open by the time they got down the driveway, but her voice rose at the insinuation that Littlefield had grabbed her in response to seeing the knife. It was dark, she said, and she was in the presence of a man who was acting aggressively.

"I didn't brandish it," she said.

Scott recalled stabbing Littlefield multiple times in the thigh and calf. She just wanted him to get off her, she said. When he didn't, she stuck the knife in his calf and twisted it, she said, "to give it a little extra ouch."

Since the start of the trial, prosecutors have cast doubt on Scott's claims of being punched, kicked, pushed down and choked when photos and medical exams showed no injuries.

On Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General John Alsop directed jurors to look at photos of Scott's neck, face and back taken by Quintero during his interviews. Quintero confirmed that he saw no signs of injury.

Scott appeared not to know what had happened to Littlefield until the day after the incident.

During an interview with Quintero outside her parents' home in Rockport, she asked quietly about the man. Quintero repeated her question as if to be certain that she had asked — "Is he OK?"

"He's dead," Quintero said. "He died."

On hearing this, Scott became inconsolable. Jurors sat motionless for nearly five minutes on Wednesday as a distorted recording of the defendant wailing, screaming and gasping for breath boomed through the courtroom.

"He was fine when Josh ran into him," she could be heard saying, he voice sounding panicked. "Josh said he was still going strong."

She began to wail again, then sob as Quintero ended the interview and helped her to her parents' door.

"Sorry," she said. "It should have been me. It should have been me."

The trial is scheduled to continue at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, in Waldo County Superior Court.