Judge rejects media's request in Jodi Arias trial

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX (AP) -- The judge in the Jodi Arias case denied a request by news organizations Friday to put on hold her decision barring the public from watching the first witness called by convicted murderer's legal team.

Lawyers for The Arizona Republic, KPNX-TV, KPHO-TV and KTVK-TV want the witness' testimony halted while they appeal the ruling and say the request wouldn't slow down the trial.

Arias attorneys say granting the request would increase the possibility of a mistrial because it could prolong the case to where jurors might no longer be available after the trial's projected mid-December conclusion.

Judge Sherry Stephens agreed with Arias' lawyers.

Arias was convicted in her former boyfriend's death, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment.

A new jury will decide whether she'll be sentenced to life imprisonment or death.

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