Arias due in court ahead of September retrial
PHOENIX (AP) – Jodi Arias is due back in court this week as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase.
Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on a sentence.
Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.
If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years. The second penalty phase is set for September.
Arias is back in court on Friday for a hearing.
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