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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 feel†like 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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