Jodi Arias Trial: Judge Sherry Stephens Did Not Grant Investigator Permission to Return to Crime Scene

September 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The judge in the Jodi Arias trial did not grant an investigator working for Arias permission to return to the crime scene, according to a new report.

It was widely reported that permission had been granted, leading to questions about what the investigator would be looking for more than five years after the crime occurred.

Now KTAR reports that permission was not granted–it was actually a mistake by Judge Sherry Stephens.

The outlet says that a court minute entry contained an error but was later clarified.

“Stephens did not grant Arias’ investigator permission to return to the crime scene. The minute entry contained a mistake, not a simple typographical mistake, but one that tweaked the ire of many. It is common for minute entries to be dated and show a different electronic filing date only to have them show up on the clerk’s website several days later; the process is not instantaneous. Yet it is interesting that it took roughly 16 days for the correction to hit the website.”

Meanwhile, Arias reversed her request to represent herself. The judge is considering the request.

Is this a stunt or another delay, a recent video report from HLN-TV questioned.

“This lady just loves attention, she loves the camera, she loves dropping bombs on everyone, so we can’t help but think that this is another one of those situations, however this judge has made it clear that there will be no more delays,” said attorney Areva Martin.

Typically in a case like this, when there’s a request for a new council to come in, particularly a case of this size, that attorney, if it’s not the folks that have been representing her, are going to need a lot of time to get up to speed.”

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