Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself
PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself in the upcoming second penalty phase in her murder case.
In a motion filed Wednesday, Arias’ attorneys write that their client seeks to relinquish her right to serve as her own attorney, effective immediately.
A judge granted Arias’ previous request to represent herself, while keeping her two court-appointed attorneys on as advisers. If the judge approves Wednesday’s motion, those two lawyers will again take lead.
The retrial is set for Sept. 29.
Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, but jurors couldn’t decide on a sentence. While the conviction stands, a second and final penalty phase is set to determine whether she gets life in prison or the death penalty.
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