Judge denies Jodi Arias attorney's effort to quit

Judge denies Jodi Arias attorney's effort to quit

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Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. The jury in the first trial was unable to come to a unanimous verdict as to whether or not Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty.

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Posted on August 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 3:14 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona judge has denied a request by one of Jodi Arias' attorneys to quit, setting the stage for Arias to represent herself at the penalty phase of her trial.

Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, but jurors couldn't decide on a sentence. A second penalty phase is set for Sept 8 with a new jury as prosecutors try again for a death sentence.

Attorney Kirk Nurmi sought to quit, citing conflicts with Arias wanting to represent herself. Arias had said if he quit, she would not represent herself and would permit her other lawyer to handle the case. In the past, Arias has tried to fire Nurmi, and he has sought to get off the case.

Arias returns to court Aug. 22 for her motion to delay the retrial.

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