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Mystery Arias hearing held?

  • Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder last week for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander
  • Arias was taken off suicide watch Monday
  • The aggravation phase of her trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday
Jodi Arias

Watch: Jodi Arias sings 'O Holy Night' in jail

Watch: Jodi Arias sings 'O Holy Night' in jail

'A deal is a deal': Arias voicemail to reporter

'A deal is a deal': Arias voicemail to reporter

HLN will cover the aggravation phase of the Jodi Arias trial live starting at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday. will live-blog the proceedings.

There was a sealed hearing in Judge Sherry Stephens' courtroom Tuesday that likely involved the Jodi Arias trial.

HLN producers spotted Arias mitigation specialist Maria Delarosa entering the courtroom Tuesday afternoon. They also saw prosecutor Juan Martinez, Mesa police Det. Esteban Flores, and Travis Alexander's sibling Samantha Alexander exit the courtroom after the hearing was finished.

It is not clear what the hearing was about, and it seems for now the public will not find out. A representative for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department told HLN as she was exiting that she was under orders to not reveal what went on in the hearing. 

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder last week for killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. She was transferred back to jail Monday after being monitored in a psych ward on suicide watch over the weekend.

The aggravation phase of Arias' trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday. 

During this phase, the prosecution will have a chance to present additional evidence in an attempt to prove Alexander’s death was caused in a cruel manner. Arizona law defines "cruel manner" as when a victim suffered physical pain or mental anguish and the defendant knew, or should have known, that the victim would suffer.

Read more: The Arias jurors say it was murder

Martinez is expected to call medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn back to the stand Wednesday to testify about how Alexander suffered before he died.

Alexander was stabbed multiple times, shot in the head and his throat was slit from ear to ear.

After both sides present evidence on the issue of cruelty, the jury will deliberate for a second time to determine if the aggravating factor of cruelty is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Read more:  Arias’ attorneys say she ‘simply snapped’

If the jury decides cruelty is proven beyond a reasonable doubt, the case moves to the sentencing phase.

If the jury does not find Arias guilty of cruelty, the case ends and the judge sets a sentencing date within 30 to 60 days. At the sentencing, the judge decides whether to sentence Arias to life in prison without parole or life with parole eligibility after 25 years.

HLN will cover this next phase of the trial live, and will live blog the proceedings.

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