On May 16, 2013, it was discovered that immediately following Jodi Arias' guilt conviction of first-degree murder and subsequent interview with Fox 10 Phoenix,
Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott filed motions to be removed from the case. Judge Sherry Stephens reportedly denied them.
|I'm Jodi Arias. I know you like me, everyone likes me. You better like me or else.|
Did Jodi Arias go ahead against the advice of her attorneys and grant the interview? Is it possible her attorneys hoped they could be removed from her case, new counsel would be brought in and Arias wouldn't be found guilty of using extreme cruelty in the June 4, 2008, murder of Travis Alexander?
Maybe they hope that a future appeal would be granted on the basis of ineffectual counsel.
Whatever the reason, motive or plan it backfired. Judge Stephens denied the motion.