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Jodi Arias Retrial: Judge Sets Date for Second Trial

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First Posted: Jan 14, 2014 02:51 PM EST
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Jodi Arias is now being retried for the penalty phase of her murder trial -- a trial which captivated the nation with its scandal and brutality. 

According to UPI, in the original trial -- which began in December 2012 -- Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, and this conviction made her eligible for the death penalty. However, when trying to decide on her sentence, the same jury was deadlocked. As an end result, a mistrial was declared, and a new trial was ordered.

According to AZ Family, a whole new jury will be impaneled to determine Arias' fate on Mar. 17, 2014. "In Arizona, only a jury can sentence a convicted killer to death. If that is their decision, the case will automatically be reviewed by the Arizona Supreme Court. It's not clear how long it will take to seat a jury, nor is it known how long the retrial will last. Because the jury will be new to the case, it's expected that prosecutors and defense attorneys will need to go back over evidence presented in the original trial in order to lay the groundwork for their arguments regarding Arias' sentence," explains AZ Family.  

What's most interesting of all, also according to AZ Family, is that the judge in the Jodi Arias case is asking all of the jurors -- prospective and current -- for their Twitter handles, after a motion made by the defense. Arias, for her part, has made several failed motions saying that she'd like a new attorney on the basis that she no longer trusts her defense team. Needless to say, those motions have all been denied. 

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On Jun. 4, 2008, salesman Travis Alexander was murdered in his house located in Mesa, Arizona. He sustained multiple stab wounds, a slit throat, and a gunshot to the head. Jodi Arias, Alexander's ex-girlfriend, was charged with first-degree murder for his death. At trial, she testified that she killed Alexander in self-defense. However, she was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8, 2013. The murder and trial received widespread media attention. 

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