Jodi Arias update: Attorneys file motion to move retrial from Phoenix

PHOENIX - Attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias filed a motion Tuesday to change the venue for the upcoming retrial.

The motion asks how a fair and impartial jury can be found in Maricopa County due to the "plethora of unrestrained and bombastic coverage of the previous proceedings."

"Ms. Arias' research indicates that 70 percent of the media coverage that took place in Arizona, took place in Maricopa County," the motion says.

On Monday, Stephens put off setting a date for Arias' sentencing phase retrial in order to give prosecutors time to respond to a defense request for the Twitter user names of jurors.

A request filed last week by Arias' attorneys said Twitter user names were needed so jurors' interactions with others on the social media site could be monitored during the trial.

Attorney Kirk Nurmi cited an exchange a backup juror had on Twitter during Arias' original trial and the ability of other users of the social media site to send messages directly to jurors that might influence their decision.

That request is expected to be heard on Sept. 16.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8 in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his Mesa home. The same jury failed to reach a decision on whether she should get the death penalty, setting the stage for a second penalty phase.

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