By Staff Reporter, Aug 15, 2013 01:42 PM EDT
(PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook ) Jodi Arias on trial for murder.
Jodi Arias was convicted for first-degree murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, on May 8 for allegedly shooting him in the head and cutting his throat from ear to ear. After a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether to sentence her to life in prison or death, her trial will face the court for the second time. While it wa initially scheduled to begin on July 18, Judge Sherry Stephens ruled that her hearing will take place in September.
Jodi Arias' lawyers have been working at removing death penalty off the table for the September ruling. According to defense attorney Kirk Nurmi, the jury is not qualified to make the decision.
But news today reveals that the judge has denied the defense motion to take the death penalty off the table. Since the procesutors will be pursuing a death penalty sentencing once again, a new jury will be assigned. If this jury will be deadlocked, then the judge will be responsible for sentencing Arias to life in prison or release after 25 years -- the judge will not be able to sentence her to death.
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Jodi Arias told the police, initially, that intruders came in and attacked her and Alexander, but in 2010, she changed her testimony, admitting to the murder and saying that she acted in self defense. A defense expert argued that Jodi Arias suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia.
What exactly does the future of the Jodi Arias trial consist of? The judge will have a hearing on August 26 to set a date for the September trial. Everything will start from square one, including setting a jury and resuming the trial by going over all the testimony and evidence.
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