Prosecutors still plan to pursue death for Arias

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PHOENIX (AP) -

Authorities plan to try again to secure the death penalty for convicted murderer Jodi Arias after jurors in her trial deadlocked last month on a sentence.

Arias was convicted of murder May 8 in the 2008 killing of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home.

About two weeks later, the same panel failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death.

While her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of pursuing a new penalty phase aiming for the ultimate punishment or avoid it altogether, leading to a life sentence for Arias.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that his office is preparing for a retrial.

A status conference in the case is set for June 20.

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