Jodi Arias Doesn't Want to Represent Herself, After All

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Jodi Arias no longer wants to represent herself as she fights for her life in the upcoming second penalty phase in her murder case, according to a motion filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Arias, 34, who was convicted last year of murdering her ex boyfriend in 2008, asked an Arizona judge last month to let her serve as her own attorney during the new penalty phase of her case. Judge Sherry Stephens granted Arias' motion, after conflicts arose with one of her lawyers over trial strategy.

According to the two-page motion filed by her court-appointed attorneys, Arias stated she would like to relinquish her right to serve as her own attorney "effective immediately upon filing."

If Stephens grants the motion, Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott will again serve as her lawyers.

The retrial is set for Sept. 29. Arias was convicted of killing Travis Alexander in May 2013 but the jury was not able to reach a unanimous decision on her sentence. Under Arizona law, prosecutors can try again with a new jury to secure a death sentence, but if that panel fails to agree on the punishment, the death penalty would be removed as an option. Stephens would then decide whether Arias spends life in prison.

During the five-month trial, Arias admitted on the stand that she killed Alexander in his home but claimed it was in self-defense and the result of an abusive relationship. Arias stabbed Alexander 29 times, including slitting his throat, and shot him once in the head. Prosecutors argued that Arias premeditated the murder because Alexander broke up with her.


- The Associated Press