Judge rules Arias retrial to remain in Phoenix

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jodi Arias' sentencing phase retrial will remain in Phoenix after a judge denied a second motion from defense attorneys to move the case because of intense publicity.

The 33-year-old was convicted of murder in May in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. The same jurors failed to agree on her sentence, setting the stage for a second penalty phase.

A new retrial date has not yet been set as prosecutors again seek the death penalty.

Arias' attorneys have sought twice to move the trial out of Phoenix because of intense publicity.

Judge Sherry Stephens has denied both motions, noting Arias has failed to meet the burden showing media coverage of her case will inhibit her ability to get an impartial jury and a fair trial.

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