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Jodi Arias Set For Court Appearance

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PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias is set for a court appearance as attorneys prepare for her second penalty phase.

The 33-year-old former waitress was convicted of first-degree murder in May, but the jury couldn’t reach a decision on her sentence.

A hearing is set for Monday morning, the day her retrial had been scheduled to begin but its start has since been postponed.

Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration, and the judge will sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars or to be eligible for release after 25 years.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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