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Jodi Arias' attorney denies filing Hepatitis C lawsuit

By Michelle Kapusta,

An attorney for Jodi Arias has denied that the defense team filed a lawsuit on behalf of their client alleging that she contracted Hepatitis C while behind bars.

According to CBS 5 News, attorney Jennifer Willmott has said that the suit filed against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and HLN personality Nancy Grace is completely false.

On Saturday, TMZ reported that the convicted killer filed a lawsuit claiming that she was given a Tuberculosis shot with an infected needle, which gave her Hepatitis C.

The suit also alleged that Arias was denied medical treatment in jail after her left silicone breast implant leaked and caused a fungal growth.

On-air personalities Grace and Arpaio are listed as defendants in the suit and a restraining order is requested against both of them for allegedly preventing her from getting a fair trial.

Willmott said she does not know who would have filed the suit. Another member of Arias’ defense team, Kirk Nurmi, echoed Wilmott’s comments in the following statement:

"The assertions made in the motion supposedly filed by Ms. Arias in which a protection order is being sought against Nancy Grace and Sheriff Arpaio was not filed by Ms. Arias nor her defense team. For this reason, we make no representations regarding the assertions made in this motion. Instead of responding to this fabricated motion, we will continue to submit our motions based on verifiable facts and we will continue to defend Ms. Arias' life."

Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder last year in the slaying of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

 
 

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