We are beginning to see a flurry of activity regarding Jodi Arias’s status hearing set for September 16, 2013. According to the Maricopa County Criminal Court Case website, Juan Martinez has filed a number of objections including:
1) objection to the motion to preclude the penalty phase rebuttal evidence related to expert witness Dr. Cheryl Karp;
2) objection to the motion for change of venue.
CNN also recently filed a response in opposition to the defendant’s motion to preclude or limit live media coverage of sentencing phase retrial.
You may recall from the trial that Dr. Cheryl L. Karp interviewed Jodi Arias at length. Her name was mentioned quite a few times during the trial but she never testified. It’s unclear why she did not testify at that time.
Dr. Karp is the Vice Chairperson for the State of Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners. Dr. DeMarte, when preparing her clinical assessment of Jodi Arias, reviewed the evaluation performed by Dr. Karp. On the stand, Dr. DeMarte said that Jodi indicated, to Dr. Karp, that there were more episodes of alleged abuse than she had alleged to other defense experts.
It’s unclear precisely what role Dr. Karp might have in the resentencing trial.
On Monday’s hearing, the hope is that Judge Sherry Stevens will rule on some of the aforementioned motions.
It is anticipated that she will set a date for the retrial.
Having a definitive date for the retrial, however, does not ensure that it will begin in a timely manner. I have spent a great deal of time extensively reviewing the court records that led up to the trial in January 2013.
The trial was supposed to take place years before it actually did.
Let’s hope we don’t have to wait years to learn the fate of Jodi Arias but like it or not, it will take as long as it takes.
Update: Jodi’s lawyers just filed another new motion to “continue evidentiary hearing scheduled for September 16, 2013.”
At this rate, we might not see a retrial until 2015.