Arias trial testimony is pushed back another week

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The jury in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial in Maricopa County Superior Court has been given another week off.

Arias' lead defense attorney told a judge at Monday's status conference that he had three witnesses who refuse to testify in public.

Kirk Nurmi also says he'd like to wait until he can take an appeals court order forbidding secret testimony to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Jurors now are scheduled to return on Dec. 15 with an evidentiary hearing Thursday that doesn't include the jury.

Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in May 2013, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment.

Prosecutors are seeking the death sentence from a new jury.

The 34-year-old Arias was convicted of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008.