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Jodi Arias Trial: Convicted Murderer Still Waiting to Learn Sentencing Retrial Start Date

By Charlie Connell c.connell@hngn.com | Sep 16, 2013 12:04 PM EDT

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Jodi Arias talking with her attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott. A start date for Arias' sentencing retrial has yet to be decided upon, a hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 4. (Photo : Reuters)

Despite being convicted of first-degree murder all the way back in May Jodi Arias still does not know what fate lies in her future as a judge has decided to postpone the start date of her sentencing retrial once again, according to the Associated Press.

Judge Sherry Stephens was scheduled to issue a start date for the retrial and rule on other motions made by the defense, including a motion to change venue, on Monday. Instead Judge Stephens will do so on Oct. 4, according to Azfamily.com.

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Arias was convicted of murdering her former boyfriend Travis Alexander after a four-month long trial that captured the imagination of the country. Both the extreme violence of the crime, Alexander was stabbed over 30 times as well as shot, and the sexual nature of the testimony riveted viewers.


After convicting Arias the jury was able to determine that she was eligible to face the death penalty but could not come to a decision as to what sentence to give her. In Arizona the state is allowed to request a second attempt at the sentencing phase in capital cases and that is what they have opted to do.

Arias' conviction cannot be overturned in the retrial. All the retrial will decide is whether Arias will be put on Death Row or if she will be given life in prison. In order to do so a new jury must be convened and all the details of the case will be laid out for them, a process which could take weeks to unfold, if not months.

Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott have filed a series of motions with Judge Stephens regarding the new case; including a motion to have the venue changed as well as a motion to have cameras kept out of the courtroom. One of the more interesting motions that has been filed would require potential jurors to disclose their Twitter account information, if they have one, so that their use of social media could be tracked throughout the trial to make sure they are not being contacted by people hoping to influence the case.

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