Jodi Arias Trial Update: Judge To Schedule Jury Selection For Retrial

By Staff Reporter on August 26, 2013 3:15 PM EDT

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Jodi Arias retrial nears as Judge Sherry Stephens prepares for jury selection as early as September. (Photo: Reuters)

Jodi Arias returns to court in Maricopa County, Arizona, today. Judge Sherry Stephens has announced that the official date to start the jury selection process has been postponed until further notice next month. The judge hopes to begin jury selection as early as late September.

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According to the judge, pending legal filings must be addressed before retrial may begin. However, state prosecutors are urging for the court to begin the penalty phase as soon as possible. On the other hand, defense attorneys with to delay proceedings until at least January, 2014. More time allows Jodi Arias to call upon friends to speak on her behalf to plea for life.

The highly anticipated new jury will not be appointed to listen to the entire case. Instead, the jury will only be asked to decide whether Jodi Arias should be sentenced to death or life in prison. Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder in May, 2013, for the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

On June 4, 2008, Jodi Arias killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Authorities discovered Alexander's body inside his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Alexander suffered 27 stab wounds, a slit throat from ear to ear, and a gun shot to the head.

Jodi Arias told authorities that Travis Alexander was killed by masked intruders. Eventually, Arias confessed to murdering Alexander in self-defense. Jodi Arias said she was a victim of domestic abuse. She killed Travis Alexander when she was attacked by him after a day of sex.

Authorities believed the murder was premeditated as Jodi Arias made efforts to clean the house, dump the gun in the desert, and created an alibi to avoid suspicion. Jodi Arias claimed that her actions were because she was too scared and too ashamed to tell the truth.

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