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PHOENIX -- The defense team for Jodi Arias filed a motion Wednesday to postpone the penalty phase of the trial until January 2014.

The motion said the trial should be postponed so the defense could paint a better picture for the jury before they decide if she lives or dies. The defense wants time to bring in witnesses that could testify for Arias, as one key witness, Patricia Womack, refused to testify after being threatened.

The motion also stated that members of the defense team would be out of the office for varying times during the month of July.

Attorney Jennifer L. Willmott also has several other cases she is working on during the month of July.

The penalty phase of the Arias case is scheduled to resume on July 18.


Click here to read the full motion.

Martha Maurer, News Editor

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