Judge in Arias trial reseals bench conferences, chamber hearings - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Judge in Jodi Arias trial reseals bench conferences, chamber hearings

Posted: Updated:
(Source: CBS 5 News) (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The judge in the Jodi Arias murder trial has ordered all bench conferences and hearings side chambers be resealed.

The motion and order filed on Thursday morning stated the court found that allowing the release of transcripts and recordings of bench conferences and in-chambers hearings could "potentially affect a future jury pool."

This comes a day after attorneys for Arias requested the penalty phase of her murder trial be postponed from July 18 to January to allow for witnesses to be called and because of the travel schedules of her attorneys.

Attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Wilmott in a motion filed Wednesday said Arias could not present a full mitigation case. They contend a witness, Patricia Womack, was afraid to return to Arizona to testify during the penalty phase because she received death threats. [Click here to read the full motion]

Alice LaViolette, a domestic violence expert and key defense witness during the trial, also received threats, so the defense decided not to present any witnesses during the penalty phase, the motion stated.

The Arias camp now wants to try again to call witnesses and needs time to prepare, the motion stated.

Arias was convicted May 8 of first-degree murder in the death of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander. She initially denied killer her ex-lover, but later confessed to killing him in self-defense.

The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase and Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial May 23 and scheduled a new trial in the penalty phase for July 18.

Wednesday's motion also mentions Nurmi's and Wilmott's travel schedules and upcoming cases.

Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on the penalty phase of the trial.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Judge in Jodi Arias trial reseals bench conferences, chamber hearingsMore>>

  • SIDEBAR: Jodi Arias trial

    Tuesday, October 29 2013 7:57 PM EDT2013-10-29 23:57:41 GMT
    Jodi Ann Arias stands accused of shooting, stabbing and slitting the throat of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in June 2008.More >>
    Jodi Ann Arias stands accused of shooting, stabbing and slitting the throat of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in June 2008.More >>
  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Puppies found in hot car, up for adoption

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:36:40 GMT
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
    The six pit bull puppies found in a hot car on Monday will soon be put up for adoption.More >>
  • Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Hudson couple builds family home out of Styrofoam

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:10:51 GMT
    The start of the Cockrell's family home The start of the Cockrell's family home
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
    A Hudson couple is taking a unique spin on home building by using an environmentally friendly method to build their family home.More >>
  • Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Texas man's life celebrated in Lufkin Mural

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:49:08 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
    Durell Gray is one of a few people whose picture graces a wall in downtown Lufkin. His picture sits at the corner of Frank and First Street.So how did the now 86-year-old man get his picture painted on a wall scene by hundreds every day? It all started while Gray worked as a lineman for the Lufkin Conroe Telephone Company. He said one day he received a letter in the mail from his employer asking for his help."They contacted us asking us if any lineman had picture with their gear on," Gray sai...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
KTRE logo

KTRE

358 TV Road,
Pollok TX 75969

FCC Public File
publicfile@ktre.com
936-853-8639
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTRE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.