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Judge sets date to retry Jodi Arias for the death penalty

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The Arizona judge in the Jodi Arias murder trial has set a September court date to once again try her for the death penalty. Arias was convicted in May 2013 of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander however; at the time, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous vote on the death penalty.

Travis Alexander’s brutally murdered body was discovered in the shower in his apartment almost six years ago. Alexander had been stabbed 29 times, shot in the face and had his throat slashed from ear to ear.

The jury had no problem convicting Jodi Arias of the murder but was deadlocked when it came to her sentencing. The jury couldn’t agree on whether or not Arias should face life in prison or be put to death.

Judge Sherry Stephens ordered the jury selection for the retrial of the penalty phase to begin on September 8. As the trial was, the high-profile penalty phase will be watched live on the Internet.

Just last month Judge Stephens rejected a motion by the defense attorneys to have the death penalty thrown out. Should the jury be once again deadlocked, Arias would be sentenced to natural life in prison or life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Jodi Arias testified for 18 days during the five month trial and continues to claim that the murder of Travis Alexander was self-defense.

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