Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Jodi Arias To Fire Lawyer; `No Tolerance for Emotional Shortcomings’

By Staff Writer | October 25, 2013 11:49 AM EDT


Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Jodi Arias filed a motion to fire her main attorney Kirk Nurmi. In a handwritten complaint, Jodi Arias said she has not seen him since the first phase of the Jodi Arias trial ended in a jury deadlock on May 23. Jodi Arias says she tried to fire Nurmi in June, but Judge Sherry Stephens denied her request.

The jury found Jodi Arias guilty of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, but could not decide whether to sentence the former waitress to death or to spend the rest of her life in prison.

In the complaint, Jodi Arias wrote that Nurmi has “no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings.”

Arias is waiting for a possible retrial on her death sentence

Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of Travis Alexander. Defense and prosecuting attorneys have been working out the new sentencing phase.

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.

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

Jodi Arias was in court yesterday for a settlement conference between defense and prosecution and retired Superior Court Judge James Keppel. There was no agreement reached and Judge Keppel referred the case back to Judge Stephens.

It is no surprise that there was no deal. 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.

Neither Kirk Nurmi nor County Attorney Bill Montgomery made any comment about the settlement conference.

Montgomery said in a news conference that he did not attend the settlement conference. He said "case is no different than any other case. I don't see it as an important enough case to where I have to be personally involved to where I can't have the prosecutor who's responsible for the case take care of it himself.”

The jury convicted Jodi Arias of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008. The case got unprecedented media coverage. Alexander was found dead in the shower of his Mesa home. He had been stabbed almost 30 times, his throat was slit and he was shot in the head. Jodi Arias admitted that she killed him but steadfastly held to the claim that she acted in self-defense.

When the jury couldn’t agree whether to sentence her to life or death, the Judge ordered a retrial.

Jodi Arias will be back in court next Friday.

Kirk Nurmi has not responded to Jodi Arias' motion.

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