When will the Jodi Arias murder trial start?

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  • Jodi Arias is on trial for killing her boyfriend
  • The murder trial will be delayed, because one her attorneys withdrew from the case
When will the Jodi Arias murder trial start?

The judge in the Jodi Arias murder case will determine Tuesday when the trial will begin.

Jury selection for the Arias murder trial had been set to begin February 21, but now the trial will be delayed after an attorney for Arias withdrew from the case. On December 23, Arias’ death penalty qualified public defender, Victoria Washington, withdrew from the case. A death penalty qualified defense attorney helps with jury selection, and will play a major role during the sentencing phase if Arias is convicted of first-degree murder.

Judge Sherry Stephens will decide Tuesday just how much time a new attorney will need to get up to speed. There's been a lot speculation about the delay, with some guessing it will only be a couple months and others predicting Arias' trial may not start until 2013. But the judge is the one who gets to decide and Stephens has said the delay will be brief.

Click here to read why the Arias trial may be the biggest trial of the year.

Arias is on trial for the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander. His body was found in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona, bathroom with his throat cut from ear to ear, a gunshot wound to his face and 27 stab wounds all over his body, police say.

The hearing to determine the start date for the murder trial will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m ET.  Be sure to tune in to HLN and In Session for the latest!

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