Judge Sherry Stephens put a hold on witness testimony in the penalty phase retrial of Jodi Arias after an appeals court ordered the proceedings be opened to the public.

The retrial is to determine whether Arias will be executed for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.



Defense attorneys closed the court to the media and public last week for the testimony of an unidentified witness who is believed to have appeared Thursday. h/t yahoo!news

But on Monday, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that, for now, the public should be allowed to view courtroom testimony during the high-profile case that has generated nationwide interest.