Jodi Arias, 34, who is facing the death penalty for a conviction of first degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, has been granted a 3-week delay. Alexander was found dead in his Arizona home in the summer of 2008. Maricopa County Judge Sherry Stephens granted Arias’ request to push jury selection from September 8th to September 29th. Arias is currently serving as her own attorney. Arias asked for the delay because of logistical issues faced by her in her attempt to interview witnesses from jail.
The judge also denied Arias’ defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi’s motion. Nurmi is currently serving as advising counsel along with Jennifer Willmott. Nurmi had hoped to be removed from the case. Arias had made clear that if Nurmi was removed, she would stop representing herself.
A jury convicted Arias mid-2013 after a lengthy sensationalized trial. The trial attracted nationwide spectators due to its graphic and sexual testimony. The jury deadlocked on whether Arias should be sentenced to life or death. The prosecution decided to pursue the death penalty a second time. A second jury will be impaneled for the new sentencing hearing. If there is another deadlock, Arizona law states, that the judge will determine whether she gets 25 years to life or life without parole.