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Jodi Arias Penalty Phase Retrial Pushed Back

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Jodi Arias appears for a hearing on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander. A new jury could be impaneled to decide whether she should be sentenced to death or life in prison sometime in late September, a judge said Tuesday, as attorneys continue to file motions and keep mum on any talk of a deal to resolve the case without another trial. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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PHOENIX (AP) — A retrial to decide whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias is sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty has been pushed back from March 17 because of a prosecutor's scheduling conflict.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1iN98Rd ) reports that prosecutor Juan Martinez is supposed to begin another potential death penalty trial on May 12.

In a hearing Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, Presiding Criminal Judge Joseph Welty ruled the trial of a man accused of killing a Phoenix-area police officer in 2007 will go first. It's the oldest capital murder case in the county awaiting trial.

Welty left the rescheduling of Arias' penalty phase retrial to Judge Sherry Stephens.

The 33-year-old Arias was convicted last May of killing her boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home in 2008, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on her sentence.

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