PHOENIX — Jodi Arias asked for a delay in the penalty phase retrial of
her murder case while a judge considers whether to allow one of her attorneys to quit the proceedings.
Motion to Continue trial will be heard on Aug 22 at 1:30 pm. #JodiArias
— MC Superior Court (@courtpio) August 13, 2014
The 34-year-old was convicted last year in the 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend, but the
jury deadlocked on a sentence. She said the killing was done in self-defense.
Prosecutors argued it was carried out in a jealous rage.
A second penalty phase is set for Sept. 8 when jurors will decide whether she
lives or dies for the crime.
Lawyer Kirk Nurmi has asked to leave the case. The judge has granted Arias’
motion to serve as her own attorney, but Arias said she will allow one of
her two advisory lawyers to represent her if Nurmi is permitted to bow out.
There was no immediate ruling Wednesday on Nurmi’s decision.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said generally speaking, defendants acting as their own attorney is not a good idea.
“There’s much to be said for the adage that the person who represents themselves has a fool for a client,” he said.
Montgomery also said that a defendant acting as their own attorney causes challenges for prosecutors. “… in some instances, we’re actually having to look out for the defendant, too.”
KTAR’s Bob McClay contributed to this article.