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Prosecutors seek extension in responding to Arias' appeal

Posted at 1:04 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 15:04:30-05

PHOENIX (AP) - A two-week extension has been requested by prosecutors in responding to Jodi Arias' appeal of her murder conviction in the 2008 death of her former boyfriend.

Prosecutors are facing a Friday deadline for filing their response to Arias' appeal, but asked for the extension on Thursday.

The Arizona Court of Appeals hasn't yet ruled on the request.

Lawyers for Arias filed their appellate brief in July saying a prosecutor's misconduct and a judge's failure to control news coverage deprived her of a fair trial.

Arias is serving a life sentence for her conviction in Travis Alexander's death.

Prosecutors said Arias attacked Alexander after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip with another woman.

Arias acknowledged killing Alexander. But she claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her.