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Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Jodi Arias Wants Lead Attorney Removed; No `People Skills'; Treated Her `Like an Interruption to His Day'

By Staff Writer | October 28, 2013 04:04 PM EDT

Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Jodi Arias, who was convicted in May of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, wants to drop Kirk Nurmi as her lead attorney. Jodi Arias’ complaint says he “does not listen or respond to my concerns.” Jodi Arias faces a possible death penalty in Arizona.

Jodi Arias was found guilty of Travis Alexander but the jury couldn’t decide whther to Jodi Arias should be given the death penalty or life imprisonment. The ex-waitress admitted that she killed him but said she did it in self-defense. Jodi Arias has already been convicted of first-degree murder. She faces either a death sentence, a natural-life sentence or life sentence with a chance of parole after 25 years.

Under Arizona law, only a jury can impose a death sentence. What is on the table is whether the County Attorney's Office would stop pursuing the death penalty and whether Arias would waive further appeals.

The now convicted killer Jodi Arias wrote to a judge saying she wants to fire her lead lawyer because he has "little to no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings."

The Arizona Republic newspaper obtained a copy of the 12-page letter Jodi Arias wrote to Judge Sherry Stephens where she complains about Kirk Nurmi's competence. In the new motion filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, Jodi Arias says her lawyer disregarded a meltdown Arias had during the trial when she broke down while discussing whether a the open court should hear a phone sex recording between her and Travis Alexander.

Jodi Arias filed motions in Maricopa County Superior Court to fire her main defense attorney, Kirk Nurmi. In the twelve-page handwritten note, Jodi Arias writes that Nurmi has an "utter poverty of people skills" and "has little to no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings." Jodi Arias cited Nurmi’s cold reaction to her emotional plea that a recording of a lurid phone call between Arias and Alexander be played only to the jury in a closed courtroom and not not to the general public.

In the motion, Jodi Arias writes "Mr. Nurmi, however, in his utter poverty of people skills, simply said to me with contempt, 'You're not going to get your way just because you throw a tantrum.' Judge, this was no tantrum. Far from it. This was a full-blown emotional meltdown. I wasn't throwing a fit, I was falling apart. Having known me for 3.5 years at that point, Kirk Nurmi should have easily discerned this, but his failure to do so shows he lacks the capacity for empathy and chooses anger over attempting to understand any impairment his client may be experiencing in direct relation to the case and court proceedings."

Jodi Arias continues "Mr Nurmi has forgotten more about my case than he remembers, and therefore the breadth of knowledge one would think he has after four years on this case is lost to him," she writes. "He seems unable to access the majority of this knowledge via his own memory."

Arias said her lawyer “began treating me like an interruption to his day and a thing he was obligated to deal with."

Jodi Arias says Jennifer Willmott, her second-chair attorney, has been doing most of the work on the case.

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