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DENIED: Judge rejects defense bid to leave Arias case

  • Arias' defense attorneys move to withdraw from the case
  • See potential reasons why they want to abandon the case -- and why they can't

Jodi Arias' defense attorneys, Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott, want off the case. They filed a motion to withdraw from the case post-conviction, but Judge Sherry Stephens denied it, HLN has learned.

HLN’s Mike Galanos and Beth Karas speculate about what could have caused Arias defense attorneys to abandon the case at this point in the game, and why the judge has ruled for them to stay.

Follow HLN’s coverage of the Jodi Arias trial with the live blogs. And when court is done for the day, the conversation is only just beginning. Watch "HLN After Dark: The Jodi Arias Trial" nightly at 10 p.m. on HLN.

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