July 16, 2013

Arias back in court for death penalty argument

Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home.

By Brian Skoloff / The Associated Press

PHOENIX — A judge in Jodi Arias' murder case says she expects to set a new trial date for late September.

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In this May 21, 2013, photo, Jodi Arias points to her family as a reason for the jury to give her life in prison instead of the death penalty, during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. As she awaits a decision by prosecutors on the future of her murder case, Arias and her attorneys are returning to court Tuesday to ask the judge to throw out the jury's finding that made her eligible for the death penalty.

AP

During a hearing Tuesday in Phoenix, Judge Sherry Stephens gave attorneys additional time to file motions as Arias' lawyers want the jury's finding that made her eligible for the death penalty vacated.

A new hearing was set for Aug. 26.

Arias was convicted of murder May 8 in the stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home.

Arias, 33, admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.

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