Jodi Arias removed from suicide watch

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Video report by Jared Dillingham

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 3:34 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Convicted killer Jodi Arias was released from suicide watch on Monday, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

She has been transferred back to the all-female Estrella Jail where she will remain on closed custody status.

Arias is being housed alone in a cell and will be allowed out of her cell one hour each day for access to phone calls and showers.

The sentencing phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial was postponed Thursday and is scheduled to continue Wednesday.

Court officials didn't provide a reason for the delay.

The jury was scheduled to return to the courtroom to decide whether Arias should be eligible for the death penalty for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008.

The jury convicted Arias on Wednesday of first-degree murder in Travis Alexander's slaying at his suburban Phoenix home.

Despite Arias' wish that she get death, the decision is only up to a jury at this point. Arias could choose not to testify at the penalty phase and not appeal her conviction if she were to get death, but such scenarios are rare and still take years to play out.

The sheer brutality of the attack and previous testimony from the Maricopa County medical examiner that Alexander did not die a quick death will be at the heart of the prosecution's argument that Jodi should receive the ultimate punishment for her crime.

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