Settlement conference may resolve Arias' penalty

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- After a jury deadlocked earlier this year over whether or not to give Jodi Arias the death penalty, the fate of the 33-year-old convicted killer has been up in the air.

For the last several months, prosecutors and Arias' defense team have been preparing to retry the penalty phase of the tawdry and salacious high-profile trial.
 
But now comes news that may change that.  
 
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office confirmed that a settlement conference has been scheduled for Oct. 24.
 
In a written statement, county attorney spokesman Jerry Cobb said, "Consistent with what the county attorney has said all along, the state is always willing to discuss possible resolutions to the case. Neither side has presented an outline of an agreement or an official position to the court."