Travis Alexander was found with his throat slit from ear to ear, he’d been shot in the face, and he had 27 stab wounds to his body, police say.
Now his ex-girlfriend, who is on trial for his murder, will have to wait for her day in court.
Tuesday, Judge Sherry Stephens said jury selection for Jodi Arias’ trial won’t start until October 17. Another hearing is scheduled for February 9.
In June 2008, Alexander's roommates found his mutilated body in a shower at his Mesa, Arizona, home.
Arias has given authorities several stories about Alexander's death. First, she said she wasn’t with Travis when he was killed. But police found a camera at the scene showing Arias and Alexander in suggestive poses, along with photos of Alexander’s dead body.
Later, Arias said two intruders killed Alexander. Now, she’s saying she killed him in self-defense because he got violent with her.
The trial was originally set to begin February 21, but is delayed until October because Arias' death penalty-qualified public defender, Victoria Washington, withdrew from the case December 23. A death penalty-qualified defense attorney is key to the case during jury selection and will play a major role during the sentencing phase if Arias is convicted of first-degree murder.
Stephens appointed Jennifer Willmott as Arias’ new death penalty-qualified defense attorney. Between now and the new start date of October 17, Willmott will get up to speed on the case and Arias’ self-defense strategy.