Jodi Arias Retrial Update: Judge Postpones Death Penalty Hearing Until Oct. 4; Why the Delay?

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The judge that has been overseeing the Jodi Arias case has postponed the next hearing until Friday October 4. Judge Sherry Stephens had originally scheduled Arias' death penalty hearing for Monday September 16. The MC Superior court announced the new date for the hearing via Twitter on September 13. Jodi Arias was last in court on August 26, but the hearing lasted only a few minutes. At the August 26 hearing the judge moved Arias' death penalty hearing to September 16. Now the trial has been postponed again until October 4.

There has been no reason announced for the delay in the hearing. The Jodi Arias trial went on for four months as the defendant tried to prove she murdered her boyfriend in self-defense. Travis Alexander was found shot, stabbed and with his throat slashed in his home in 2008. Immediately, friends and family of the victim pointed the police in Jodi Arias' direction. Having built up a reputation as a jealous, needy and overbearing girlfriend, Travis Alexander's family believed Jodi was the one that killed him.

On May 8, 33-year-old Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Travis Alexander. The charge comes with a possible death sentence. Following her conviction it was up to the jury to decide if Jodi Arias deserved to die for her crime. After several tries, the jury could not decide whether or not they would kill Jodi Arias. The judge dismissed the jury and planned to select a new group of people to decide the fate of Jodi Arias.

The second phase of the death penalty case will now take place on October 4 at 8:30 am. Lawyers for Jodi Arias have asked that the new jury be sequestered in an attempt to keep the jury pool from becoming tainted. By now there is likely not a person in the country who has not heard of Jodi Arias. The young woman accused and found guilty of murder captivated the attention of the nation when her web of lies began to unravel. When first found guilty, Arias said she would prefer to get the death penalty but later changed her mind saying she wanted to live for her family.

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Amanda Schiavo holds a B.A in History from Pace University and has been a member of the Latin Times team since May 2013. She is an amateur historian, an aficionado of all things Disney, is an animal enthusiast and an accomplished equestrian. Schiavo enjoys writing human-interest pieces and stories related to helping animals and animal rights. Schiavo has been a journalist for four years and has written for Brooklyn Today as well as several other publications.