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Jodi Arias Penalty-Phase Retrial Will Begin In September

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Convicted killer Jodi Arias speaks during an interview at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Phoenix. Arias was convicted recently of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home back in 2008, made a plea for life in prison, instead of execution, saying she can contribute to society if allowed to live. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias' second penalty phase trial has been scheduled to begin in September.

The 33-year-old former waitress was convicted of first-degree murder in May for the June 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence.

A judge on Monday set the new trial date with jury selection beginning Sept. 8.

Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars or to be eligible for release after 25 years.

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