PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County judge approved a request from convicted killer Jodi Arias on Monday to become her own attorney.
Arias made the request while appearing in court. Despite disagreeing, Judge Shirley Stevens approved the move.
Judge Stephens asking Jodi Arias if she understands she is giving up rights to counsel. "Do you understand you may face the death penalty?"— Troy Hayden (@troyhaydenfox10) August 4, 2014
"I don't believe this is in your best interest." Judge Sherry Stephens to Jodi Arias in acting as her own counsel.— Troy Hayden (@troyhaydenfox10) August 4, 2014
Hayden also reported that Arias' former counsel would serve her in an advisory role.
The move means Arias will now go against prosecutor Juan Martinez during the penalty phase of her trial. She is eligible for the death penalty.
The trial is scheduled to resume Sept. 8.
KTAR's Martha Maurer contributed to this report.
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