PHOENIX — A judge has ruled that Jodi Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial.
The 34-year-old Arias could face the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend in his suburban Phoenix bathroom six years ago in a jealous rage.
She was convicted of murder last year, but the jury was deadlocked on whether she should get life in prison or the death penalty. A new trial to determine the sentence is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.
Arias told the judge Monday of her intentions to act as her own lawyer. Judge Sherry Stephens granted the request.
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