Nine months after a jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, the final phase of her trial has been delayed even further.
The March trial date that was set to determine whether Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison has been postponed due to a conflict with prosecutor Juan Martinez. According to The Arizona Republic, Martinez has a scheduling conflict with another death-penalty trial that's set to begin on May 12. At a hearing Tuesday at the Maricopa County Superior Court, Presiding Criminal Judge Joseph Welty ruled that Martinez's other case, involving a man accused of killing a Glendale, Arizona, police officer in 2007, will take priority over the Arias retrial.
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Jury selection in the final phase of Arias’ trial was scheduled to begin on March 17. Although a jury found Arias guilty of the murder of Travis Alexander in May of last year, the jurors were unable to come to an agreement on how she should be punished. In the next phase of the trial, a new jury will determine whether Arias will get life behind bars or the death penalty. If the jury cannot come to an agreement, the death penalty will be taken off the table as a possible sentence.
Judge Sherry Stephens will schedule Arias' new trial date, but no word so far on when that will happen.