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Judge denies Jodi Arias’ attorney in bid to quit

PHOENIX — An Arizona judge has denied a request by one of Jodi Arias’
attorney 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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