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Arias to judge: Fire my lead defense attorney

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Convicted killer Jodi Arias wants the judge in her case to fire her lead defense attorney.

In May, a jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder for killing her on-again, off-again boyfriend Travis Alexander.

That same jury deadlocked during the sentencing phase, so a sentencing retrial or settlement is still needed to wrap up the case.

In a 12-page handwritten letter, Arias asked the judge in the case to replace her lead counsel, Kirk Nurmi, for the remainder of the proceedings.

[Click here to read the entire letter (PDF)]

In the letter, Arias tells the judge that she has "not spoken to him since May 23, 2013." She said she does not have a "continuing interactive dialogue" with him.

Arias goes on to say that Nurmi has "little to no tolerance for my emotional and psychological shortcomings" and that his "financial interest is greater than my legal interest."

Arias said in the letter Nurmi "seems determined to keep me in the dark about developments in the case, offering clipped retorts in response to my questions regarding my situation." 

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