Arias sentencing retrial to start in September?

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 10:27am

The penalty phase re-trial for Jodi Arias won't likely start until September as Arias was back in court Tuesday for a status hearing. She was convicted in May for the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend.  Now, her lawyers are doing everything they can to try and keep her off death row, Ted Rowlands reports.

In prison stripes, handcuffed and shackled Jodi Arias, the convicted murderer, looked very different than Jodi Arias the defendant, who for four months, had a daily change of clothes, wore full make-up and glasses.

Tuesday's hearing was to find out when a new jury will decide whether Arias should get the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Arias was convicted of first degree murder for shooting Alexander in the head and stabbing him nearly 30 times.

During 18 days on the witness stand, Arias claimed she was a victim of abuse and couldn't remember killing her ex-boyfriend.

"Do you have any memories of slashing Mr. Alexander's throat?"

"No."

The original jury found Arias guilty, but they couldn't agree on whether she should get the death penalty.

8 jurors thought she should die, the other four, including the jury foreman, voted to spare her life.

"What she did was horrendous. What I did was follow the law. And I feel like I did exactly what I was charged to do."

The new jury, which the judge hopes will start work in late September, will only be deciding the penalty, whether Arias should live or die. Prosecutors will present a mini version of the original case, focusing on the brutality of the murder.

Defense attorney Dwane Cates thinks to keep Arias off death row she need to be put back on the witness stand.

"The more they see her, the more they hear her talk the more she becomes a human being and not a monster."

The next court date for Jodi Arias has been set for late August.

If the next jury, like the first, can't decide what to do with her the death penalty goes away and the trial judge will determine her jail time.

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