But defense attorney Kirk Nurmi told the court Monday morning that the female witness refused to testify after receiving threats, and he asked the judge to declare a mistrial in the penalty phase.
argued that he
could no longer effectively defend Arias without all of the intended witnesses, and that "a partial picture is not good enough for this jury."
also renewed arguments that the judge should have sequestered the jury during the nearly five-month trial and that it should never have been broadcast live.
The case became a tabloid and cable sensation, with its tales of sex, lies and death.
"The court had a duty to protect Ms. Arias' right to a fair trial and failed to do so time and time again," Nurmi
told the judge.
The judge turned down that request too, to which Nurmi
quickly replied, "We will not be calling witnesses in the defense case."
Arias' attorneys also tried without success to quit after she
gave the interview in which she
would prefer death over life in prison.