Jodi Arias points to her family as a reason for the jury to give her a life in prison sentence instead of the death penalty, during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.
PHOENIX — A judge in Jodi Arias’ murder case says she expects to set a new trial date for late September.
During a hearing today 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 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander.
The same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death. While her murder conviction stands, prosecutors must now decide whether to try again for a death sentence with a new jury or to settle for life in prison.
Arias admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed self-defense.