A Rockport woman accused of stabbing a Belmont man to death last year testified Thursday as the final witness in her trial for manslaughter.

Victoria Scott is accused of stabbing 43-year-old Edwin Littlefield Jr. on Feb. 8, 2017, causing injuries from which he died. Prosecutors for the state say Scott, who was 24 at the time, acted out of anger as she recklessly pursued Littlefield to their final confrontation. Scott on Thursday told her story of defending herself against a man who turned suddenly on her, held her down with his hands around her throat and threatened to kill her.

Before Scott took the stand, defense attorneys cross-examined Maine State Police Detective Scott Quintero, who conducted five recorded interviews with Scott on the night of the incident and on several days after.

Prosecutors have aimed to cast doubt on Scott's accounts, which changed in some details over the course of the interviews with Quintero. Scott's attorney Naomi Cohen on Thursday used her cross-examination to discredit the tactics of the detective, which Cohen said were meant to put Scott on the wrong side of the law.

Cohen painted a picture of Quintero using his experience, education, position of authority and charm to trick a younger woman who had just been through a traumatic experience into doubting her own memories. Cohen asked Quintero if he knew how to undermine a self-defense claim, to which Quintero, after several requests for Cohen to clarify the question, said he understood how such a defense would fail.

Cohen said Quintero cultivated a sense between himself and Scott of a "special relationship," and misled her into thinking he was an ally.

Cohen had Quintero read excerpts of the interviews he conducted with Scott, drawing attention to phrases that suggested the detective was acting overly familiar with his subject — "I'll be there if you want me to," "It sounds like what you were doing was protecting yourself," "If holding your hand is what you need, I can do that," "Don't feel like I'm here against you … You don't feel like that, do you?"

Other statements seemed inappropriate, Cohen said, including an instance in which Quintero said, "You have no idea how good I look in sweat pants," then asked Scott what she wears at night to relax.

Quintero said the comments, which included a line from Austin Powers, were "clearly jokes," taken from much longer conversations between two adults.

Cohen moved on to more serious allegations — that Quintero challenged a particular part of Scott's story repeatedly in attempt to get her to change it.

The interactions that led to Edwin Littlefield's death began at about 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2017, when Littlefield arrived at 254 Kendall Corner Road in Waldo, according to multiple accounts. The house is owned by 60-year-old Rose Newton, who was undergoing chemotherapy and had received help from several people, including Littlefield and Scott. He let himself in, talked to Newton and learned that Scott and a mutual acquaintance, Josh Dorman, were staying there, at which point he became upset and left the house.

Scott went out another door with a cigarette and the two crossed paths. Scott says she called out to Littlefield and he ran at her, cursing and pushed her backward, at which point she confronted him and he pulled her by the wrist down the driveway, away from the house and began to curse and hit her. Scott says he pushed her and they both fell. He got on top of her, put his hands around her throat and threatened to kill her. She stabbed him multiple times in the leg with a pocket knife, severing arteries from which he would bleed to death.

On Thursday, Cohen said Detective Quintero insisted that Scott took out her knife while she and Littlefield were still standing in the driveway, and that he pursued that detail because it was necessary to prosecute Scott.

"You knew if you could convince her the knife was out before (Littlefield pushed her down and got on top of her), she couldn't plead self-defense," Cohen said.

Quintero said detectives often suggest alternative versions of events to get their subjects to tell the truth. Other times, he said, a detective might claim a witness told them a different story.

"I knew that Victoria was a confident and composed liar, and I believe that was what was going on here," he said.

Cohen said Scott's story shifted because she was confused. She had gone through a traumatic experience, had two seizures on the night of her first three interviews with Quintero, and then had been told repeatedly by the detective to doubt her own recollections.

Scott took the witness stand Thursday afternoon for more than three hours of questioning and cross-examination.

The 25-year-old said she was working in property management and landscaping in 2016 and had been employed at a home in Massachusetts when Rose Newton asked for her help. Her knife was a Christmas present from her father that she used regularly for her work, cutting screens and sheets of burlap used to wrap shrubs for the winter.

Earlier in the week of the incident, Scott said she had three impacted wisdom teeth removed and was prescribed the painkillers Tramadol and Percodan. Joshua Dorman, a young man who was staying at Newton's home and socializing with Scott before the incident, testified this week that he shot up prescription medicine earlier that day. Scott on Thursday said she did not see him do that, and she had not been doing that. She described Dorman as "very interested" in a romantic relationship with her, but said she was not interested.

Rose Newton had bought her a bottle of vodka for her tooth pain and she and Dorman were drinking it with Mountain Dew, she said.

Two new elements emerged in Thursday's round of questioning.

The defense elaborated on its claim that Dorman played a role in Littlefield's death, while the prosecution challenged Scott's claim Littlefield dragged her by the wrist to the place of their final confrontation.

Steven Peterson, Scott's lead attorney, picked up a thread from his opening statement earlier in the week, alleging that Dorman fought Littlefield in the basement of the house after his stabbing, and that the encounter sealed the dying man's fate. Peterson pointed to a second pool of blood in the basement where Littlefield and Dorman met and to cuts and stab wounds to Littlefield's body that didn't appear to be the result of the struggle in the driveway with Scott.

On Thursday, Scott said Dorman had helped her wash up when she came in after her encounter with Littlefield. She said she took off her bloodied clothes and tried to get herself together, leaving her knife on the edge of the tub.

"I was in a full-blown panic attack," she said. "I was a mess. I couldn't believe I existed in that moment."

Scott said she asked Dorman to look for her glasses in the driveway. A short time later, he returned and handed them to her. She noticed blood on his face and neck and said he was "bouncy, excitable."

"He told me something and tried to embrace me," she said. "He was smiling."

Peterson asked what Dorman said to her. Scott started to answer — "He said I beat him to a …" —- but was cut off as the prosecution shouted an objection, which Justice Robert Murray sustained.

In cross-examination, Assistant Attorney John Alsop questioned Scott's claim that Littlefield dragged her by the wrist down the long driveway before the scuffle that led her to stab him.

The prosecutor referred to a comment Scott made to police about being like a "pitbull" when she wants answers, "like a dog on a bone, when I latch onto something, I don't let go." Scott described the moment after she first called to Littlefield, asking him what his problem was. He turned, ran toward her, got in her face and yelled "You, you c***," she said.

"You wanted answers," Alsop said. "He gave you answers, and you didn't like the answers, did you?"

"I don't know who would like those answers," Scott said.

The prosecutor asked if it was possible, given Scott's "pitbull" tendency, that Littlefield hadn't dragged her, but that she was holding onto him as he tried to walk away?

"There is no way," Scott said.

Alsop returned several times to Littlefield's arrival at the house earlier in the day, when he was heard speaking to the homeowner, Rose Newton. In Scott's recorded interviews, she claimed that she was in the bedroom with Dorman and couldn't hear what Littlefield was saying.

On Thursday, the prosecutor said he believed Littlefield said something bad about Scott, she heard it and pursued him outside because she was mad. Scott was adamant that she wasn't. She hadn't heard specific words, she said, only sensed that he was mad and believed that it concerned Dorman, who had come into the bedroom, locked the door and listened, appearing nervous.

Alsop closed his cross-examination by dismissing Scott's story.

"Isn't it just plain and simple, you lost your temper?" he said. Scott said she hadn't.

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Waldo Superior Court.