Arias' March penalty phase retrial date put aside

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — The March 17 penalty phase retrial date for convicted murderer Jodi Arias has been put aside because of a prosecutor's scheduling conflict.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1iN98Rd) reports that prosecutor Juan Martinez is supposed to begin another potential death-penalty trial on May 12.

In a hearing Tuesday at Maricopa County Superior Court, Presiding Criminal Judge Joseph Welty ruled the trial of the man accused of killing a Glendale police officer in 2007 will go first.

It's the oldest capital murder case in the county awaiting trial.

Welty left the rescheduling of Arais' penalty phase retrial to Judge Sherry Stephens.

The 33-year-old Arias was convicted last May of killing her boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home in 2008, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on her sentence.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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