Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Judge delays start of Arias penalty-phase retrial


In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. An Arizona judge on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 granted Arias' motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8, 2014 penalty phase retrial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool,File)

In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. An Arizona judge on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 granted Arias’ motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8, 2014 penalty phase retrial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool,File)

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge on Wednesday granted Jodi Arias’ motion to delay the start of her planned Sept. 8 penalty phase retrial.

Arias briefly addressed the judge Wednesday morning before the courtroom was closed to the media and public. The judge then granted Arias’ request, setting a new retrial date for Sept. 29.

Defense lawyers and prosecutors declined to comment.

Arias, who is now serving as her own attorney, argued that she needed more time to interview an expert witness she plans to call during the retrial.

The 34-year-old former waitress was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on her sentence. Under Arizona law, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

If the new jury fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed as an option. The judge would then sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years.

Arias has acknowledged killing Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, but she said it was self-defense. He was stabbed nearly 30 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the head.

Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage when Alexander wanted to end their affair.

Judge Sherry Stephens previously granted Arias’ motion to serve as her own attorney after conflicts arose with one of her two court-appointed lawyers over trial strategy. Attorney Kirk Nurmi then sought to quit the case, noting in a motion that “a completely fractured relationship between counsel (and client) now exists.”

Stephens denied his request. Both lawyers will remains on as advisers.

A hearing in the case is set for Sept. 4.

BRIAN SKOLOFF

Source: AP

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KayP says:

Forget the judge. What’s impt to me is to avoid/restrict any loophole Stabby might use, that her 2 ‘consulting’ attys will “overlook”, in order to give her a future appeal of the sentence – in the event it’s death row; if she gets life, it’s unlikely to get her an overturn of the sentence. I just don’t want to see the state have to put on a 3rd trial, w/o Martinez, if somehow in the next 20 years she succeeds in the appeal process in the event she goes to death row this time…&, I hope she does get death, she earned it with the heinousness of her crime.

   
ava says:

everyone needs to calm down…only reason judge stevens is giving her enough rope to hang herself is to hang herself legally. miss stabby has had so many yrs to work her angles through the law. she refuses to fall on the sword to what she has done and all the lives destroyed. the judge will give her life without parole if these new jurors cant send her to death. stabby isnt gona have the benefit of all her babble of the trial. juan will make sure justice is served for travis and his family….b patient

   
Jacqueline Dessis says:

IMO: This “judge” should have been removed from this case from the first day of trial! This ‘judge’ has given this CONVICTED MURDERER, delays! delays! delays! and more delays! She is making sure that this evil-butcher gets away from getting the DP! And IF it comes for this ‘judge’ to seal this CONVICTED MURDERERS , IT WILL not BE LWOP..SHE WILL GIVE HER LWP or time served! WHERE ARE VICTIMS RIGHTS?? This ‘judge’ is going above & beyond, in prolonging the pain the sorrow to the Alexander’s!

   
KayP says:

IMO, as long as Martinez has got the time, & is okay with it, it’s all good. If anyone knows what he’s doing, it’s him. Let her have all the rope she needs to hang herself. Mohammed Ali called this winning tactic, “rope-a-dope.” And anytime you’ve been convicted of capital murder & choose to represent yourself, you’re showing the world you’re a real dope.

   
lee c fairfax says:

same lawyers, same info, same all except she has decided to and not to rep herself. what is the basis for another delay except, like usual, what Jodi wants Jodi gets. as to over after sentencing, HA! appeal after appeal… especially if she gets death.

   
Rocky says:

great news ////
Jody will be on our minds longer now..
We just love to hate her so lets keep her going back to court because when she is sentenced – it will be all over and people will forget about the demon that couldn’t be killed..

   

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