Jury selection resumes in Jodi Arias retrial

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Attorneys called in an extra 100 prospective jurors on Wednesday as they attempted to find 12 unbiased people who could decide convicted murderer Jodi Arias' fate.

Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday after telling the judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment.

The additional prospective jurors were brought in Wednesday before attorneys begin the process of whittling down the group further using questionnaires each potential panelist is asked to complete.

Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't agree on a sentence.

Prosecutors have one more shot with the new jury to secure the death penalty, otherwise Arias faces life in prison. The retrial is expected to last into December.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys on Monday filed a motion seeking to dismiss the death penalty as an option, citing prosecutorial misconduct, among other things, The Arizona Republic reported.

The filing, which had not yet been made public and was obtained by the newspaper, reiterates previous allegations that prosecutors have withheld evidence in the case and have failed to disclose witnesses in a timely manner.

Prosecutors declined to comment on Wednesday.

The judge has previously denied numerous motions by the defense to dismiss the death penalty as an option. A hearing is set for mid-October for arguments over yet another similar motion.

The judge also has repeatedly denied defense motions to move the trial out of Phoenix and to sequester the jury.

Such a flurry of motions by defense attorneys in the days leading up to a trial is common, particularly in death penalty cases, as lawyers works to build grounds for appeal should their client receive the ultimate punishment.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Jury selection resumed Wednesday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias as prosecutors try again for a death sentence.

Roughly a third of 300 potential jurors were dismissed Monday after telling the judge they had seen too much media coverage of her first trial to be impartial or had already made up their minds about her punishment.

An additional 100 prospective jurors were called in Wednesday before attorneys begin the process of whittling down the group further using questionnaires each potential panelist is asked to complete.

Arias was convicted of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn't agree on a sentence.

Prosecutors have one more shot with the new jury to secure the death penalty, otherwise Arias faces life in prison. The retrial is expected to last into December.

Prosecutors declined to comment on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys on Monday filed a motion seeking to dismiss the death penalty as an option, citing prosecutorial misconduct, among other things, The Arizona Republic reported.

The filing, which had not yet been made public and was obtained by the newspaper, reiterates previous allegations that prosecutors have withheld evidence in the case and have failed to disclose witnesses in a timely manner.

The judge has previously denied numerous motions by the defense to dismiss the death penalty as an option. A hearing is set for mid-October for arguments over yet another similar motion.

The judge also has repeatedly denied defense motions to move the trial out of Phoenix and to sequester the jury.

Such a flurry of motions by defense attorneys in the days leading up to a trial is common, particularly in death penalty cases, as lawyers works to build grounds for appeal should their client receive the ultimate punishment.

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