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Office: Arias prosecutor placed on paid administrative leave

February 12, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — The homicide prosecutor who won convictions in the Jodi Arias murder case and other notorious killings in metro Phoenix has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jennifer Liewer disclosed Juan Martinez’s status late Tuesday in response to media inquiries but said the office had no further comment “on this personnel matter at this time.”

Martinez attorney Donald Wilson Jr. declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Martinez was reassigned last September within the County Attorney’s Office to mostly handle non-homicide cases, a move that the office said would give Martinez time and flexibility to resolve still-pending attorney ethics allegations against him.

Arias is serving a life sentence after her first-degree murder conviction in the 2008 killing of boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Allegations of misconduct by Martinez accuse him of leaking a juror’s name in the Arias case to a blogger with whom he was in a sexual relationship and then lying to investigators about it.

Martinez is also accused of staring at a court reporter during Arias trial and making comments about her appearance that made her feel uncomfortable.

In 2018, the County Attorney’s Office reprimanded Martinez for inappropriate and unprofessional conduct toward female law clerks.