Ruling Clears Way for Second Arias Penalty Phase

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Jodi Arias will again face a potential death sentence after a judge

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PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias will again face a potential death sentence after a judge's ruling cleared the way for a second penalty phase in the case.

Defense attorneys had argued that the Arizona law allowing a retrial of the penalty phase is unconstitutional.

In her ruling made public Friday, Judge Sherry Stephens denied the defense motion. Arias' retrial is set for March 17.

The 33-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on her sentence.

Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury. If they fail again to reach a unanimous decision, Arias would face life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years. is unconstitutional.

In her ruling made public Friday, Judge Sherry Stephens denied the defense motion. Arias' retrial is set for March 17.

The 33-year-old Arias was convicted of murder last year, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on her sentence.

Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury. If they fail again to reach a unanimous decision, Arias would face life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years.


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