PHOENIX - Attorneys for convicted murderer Jodi Arias are trying to keep out, or at least limit, media and media cameras from the courtroom during her retrial of the sentencing phase.
During the four-month long trial, millions watched the proceedings live streamed over the internet around the world. ABC15’s coverage alone attracted tens of thousands of online viewers.
According to court documents filed Thursday, Arias's attorneys are asking Judge Sherry Stephens to rule that the media be kept from recording the proceedings altogether.
But at the very least, they're asking that video not be aired or broadcast until the re-trial is over, concerned for Arias's right to a fair trial.
Defense attorneys say that during the proceedings witnesses for the defense were threatened on a daily basis and sometimes on a “real time basis.”
According to attorneys, two key witnesses, Alyce LaViolette and Patricia Womack, “refused to participate based on threats and harassment each received.”
Arias was convicted of first degree murder in May for the brutal killing of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander.
Alexander was stabbed 27 times, his throat was slit and he was shot in the head at his Mesa home in June 2008.
During the first death penalty phase, the jury determined the killing was especially “cruel”, but could not come to a unanimous decision on the death penalty sentence.
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