Arias returns to court ahead of September retrial

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Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 4:11 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jodi Arias has returned to an Arizona courtroom as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase in her murder trial.

Friday's hearing was closed to the public, including the media.

Arias was convicted last year in the 2008 killing of her lover, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence.

Under state law, her murder conviction stands, but 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. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years.

The second penalty phase is set for September.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Jodi Arias has returned to an Arizona courtroom as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase.

Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence.

Under state 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. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years. The second penalty phase is set for September.

Arias appeared in court Friday for a hearing that was closed to the media and public.

Arias due in court ahead of September retrial

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jodi Arias is due back in court as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase.

The judge is expected to decide during Friday morning's hearing if TV cameras will be allowed in the courtroom while the penalty phase is retried.

Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence.

Under state 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. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years. The second penalty phase is set for September.

The defense is opposed to cameras in the courtroom.

Cameras are not permitted for Friday's hearing.

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