Live blog: No date set for Jodi Arias retrial

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  • Judge to review defense motions; Next hearing set for September 16
  • Arias appeared in court in shackles, her hair in bun
Live blog: No date set for Jodi Arias retrial

Will it be life in prison or death for Jodi Arias? On Monday, she'll be back in court one step closer to finding out. Stay with HLN for complete coverage of her hearing.

Jodi Arias will have to wait a little longer before the start of her penalty-phase retrial. 

Judge Sherry Stephens did not set a date Monday for Arias' retrial. She said she would not schedule the retrial until she has had the chance to review two defense motions that were filed last week. Stephens did set a date for September 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET. to hear arguments on those motions.

Arias, who was convicted on May 8 of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, briefly appeared at the hearing in a striped jail uniform with her wrists in shackles and her hair wrapped in a bun.

The motions under consideration include two issues Arias' defense attorneys have raised.

Arias' defense attorneys want to limit or ban live TV coverage of her upcoming retrial, citing concerns for her right to a fair trial. They say live coverage during her first trial led to death threats against them and their witnesses. 

Arias' attorneys are also asking Stephens to force prospective jurors to turn over information about their Twitter accounts. Arias' attorneys say that, even if new jurors refrain from discussing the trial, nothing is stopping other people from reaching out to them on social media with information that may influence their decision. The attorneys say the only way to monitor this influence is for them to know about the jurors' accounts.

At a hearing in July, Stephens said she wants to start the retrial in late September, but Arias' defense team is pushing to have it start sometime next year.

Stephens' timeframe is now looking unlikely as the judge considers these other matters.

Arias' retrial will only apply to the penalty phase of her trial. A new jury will be selected, and it will only decide whether Arias will be sentenced to death via lethal injection or life in prison.

HLN is live-blogging Monday's hearing scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court (Best read from the bottom up):

11:46 a.m. ET: The hearing is over. Arias is being led out of the courtroom.

11:44 a.m. ET: Arias appears in shackles and stripes. She is wearing glasses and her hair in a bun.

The judge will not set a date for trial until she reviews the motions that were filed. She has set September 16, 11:30 a.m. ET as the next date when she expects to hear the motions.

11:42 a.m. ET: Arias' attorneys are in the courtroom, and the judge has asked the deputy to bring Arias into the courtroom.

11:37 a.m. ET: The Twitter account tied to Arias sent out this tweet yesterday:

11:32 a.m. ET: Court reporter Mike Babicky is entering the courtroom pulling a handcart behind him stacked with transcripts. He will be distributing nearly 1,500 pages of transcripts of testimony from Arias' first trial for the attorneys to review.

11:25 a.m. ET: Prosecutor Juan Martinez has arrived in the courtroom and is preparing for the hearing to begin.

11:20 a.m. ET: Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi has arrived with a court deputy escorting him.

11:05 a.m. ET: There are a group of six loyal trial watchers who are waiting outside the courtroom, eagerly anticipating entry. They arrived at the courthouse between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. local time.  

"I'm here to support the family, even though they're not here," says Sandy MacKinney.

Ladawn Burnum from Utah, is excited to be here in person. She has been following the trial since the beginning. Her husband's job transfer from Utah means she can be in the courtroom now that she's a Phoenix resident.

11:02 a.m. ET: Mikal Ann Dillon (pictured below), is one of the trial watchers who attended Arias' trial nearly every day. She arrived early to make she got a seat today. She's determined to follow Arias' case till the end.

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