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Arias attorneys to judge: Sequester second jury

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  • Arias' attorneys filed a request Thursday asking a judge to sequester the jury in her retrial
  • Jodi Arias was convicted in May of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander
  • Next hearing set for September 16
Arias attorneys to judge: Sequester second jury

Photos: Evidence that convicted Jodi Arias

Photos: Evidence that convicted Jodi Arias

Hung jury for Jodi Arias

Hung jury for Jodi Arias

Lawyers for convicted killer Jodi Arias filed a request Thursday in Maricopa County Criminal Court asking the judge to sequester the jury in her penalty-phase trial.

On May 8, a jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder in the slaying of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, but those same jurors couldn't agree on a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.

Arias' defense attorneys have also filed a motion for a change of venue, claiming "widespread, unfair, and prejudicial coverage" has made it difficult to find impartial jurors. They also asked Judge Sherry Stephens to ban or limit live broadcasts of the retrial and to compel jurors to disclose information regarding their Twitter accounts.

Stephens will hear arguments for the defense motions in a hearing set for September 16.

READ MORE: Jodi Arias retrial: What you need to know

The retrial will only apply to the penalty phase of Arias' case. Her first-degree murder conviction still stands. When the retrial begins, a new set of jurors will be tasked with deciding Arias' fate.

If the second jury cannot reach an unanimous verdict, Arias would automatically get life in prison. However, Stephens would ultimately decide whether Arias gets life without parole or life with the eligibility of parole after 25 years.

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