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We have a date: Jodi Arias retrial set for March 17

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  • New jury will decide whether convicted killer gets life in prison or death penalty
  • Arias was convicted in brutal murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander
We have a date: Jodi Arias retrial set for March 17

The retrial of the Jodi Arias murder case is set for March.

This news comes after a closed-door meeting Monday between prosecutors and Arias' defense attorneys. The convicted killer is facing a retrial of only the penalty phase of her case because the original jury failed to determine whether she should get the death penalty or life in prison. Her first-degree murder conviction for brutally stabbing and shooting her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008 still stands.  

SEE: The photos that convicted Jodi Arias

There were previous reports of possible plea-deal negotiations, but nothing has come from those talks.

The first jury to hear Arias' case found her guilty of murder on May 8 and determined that the crime was committed in "a cruel manner," making her eligible for the death penalty.

Read: Why the jury foreman said she should get life here

In a statement to the jury made during the initial penalty phase of her case, Arias told jurors she was the victim of abuse at the hands of Alexander, and that -- if sentenced to life in prison rather than death -- she could do good for her fellow inmates by starting a book club and recycling program. But prior to that, in interviews granted after the guilty verdict, she told local reporters that she would rather get death than spend the rest of her life in prison. She later explained that she changed her mind after talking to her family.

See Travis Alexander's family emotional appeal to the jury

In March, a new jury will be impaneled and asked to decide Arias' sentence. According to Karen Arra, media relations director of the Superior Court of Arizona, jury selection is expected to take about two weeks, and the retrial may begin in early April. If jurors sentence Arias to life in prison, ultimately the judge will determine whether it will be life without the possibility of parole or life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Arizona state prosecutor Juan Martinez has continued to press for the death penalty and the retrial in this case.

While in jail awaiting her trial date, Arias has managed to keep an active Twitter account. She also launched a line of rubber bracelets to raise money for her appeals.

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