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Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial Likely To Start In September

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  Original Published: 7/18/2013 The penalty phase re-trial for Jodi Arias won't likely start until September. Arias was back in court for a status hearing. She was convicted in May for the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend. Now, her lawyers are doing everything they can to keep her off death row. Ted Rowlands reports. In prison stripes, handcuffed and shackled, Jodi Arias, the convicted murderer, looked very different that Jodi Arias the defendent, who for four months, had a daily chage of clothes, wore full make-up and glasses. Tuesday's hearing was to find out when a new jury will decide whether Arias should get the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Arias was convicted of first degree murder for shooting Alexander in the head and stabbing him nearly 30 times. During 18 days on the witness atandm Arias claimed she was a victim of abuse and couldn't remember her ex-boyfriend. "Do you have any memories of slashing Mr. Alexander's throat?" "No." The original jury found Arias guilty but they couldn't agree on whether she should get the death penalty. Eight jurors thought she should die, the other four, including the jury foreman, voted to spare her life. "What she did was horrendous. What i did was follow the law," says jury foreman Bill Zervakos."And I feellike I did exactly what I was charged to do." The new jury, which the judge hopes will start work in late September, will only be deciding the penalty, whether Arias should live or die. Prosecutors will present a mini version of the original case, focusing on the brutality of the murder. Defense attorney Dwane Cates thinks to keep Arias off death row, she needs to be put back on the witness stand. "The more they see her, the more they hear her talk, the more she becomes a human being and not a monster," says Cates. The next court date for Jodi Arias has been set for late August. If the next jury, like the first, can't decide what to do with her, the death penalty goes away, and the trial judge will determine her jail time.
   
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