Jodi Arias was back in court on Thursday for the first time since jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision on her sentencing May 22. Instead of her civilian clothing, which she wore in the presence of jurors, she donned black-and-white prison stripes.
Because jurors in her murder trial were unable to agree on a sentence of life or death for Arias, trial attorneys must pick a new jury to decide Arias’ fate. The retrial was originally scheduled for July 18, but Arias’ defense attorneys have asked the judge to push it back until January of 2014 in order to give them more time to prepare.
The judge will wait to rule on their request to delay the retrial and has kept the July 18 date on the calendar for another hearing on the matter.
Most of the discussion between attorneys on Thursday took place in the judge’s chambers, off camera.
In addition to the prison garb, Arias was shackled and flanked by several heavily armed guards as she entered the courtroom.
The new jurors will only be deliberating on her sentencing. Arias' first-degree murder conviction for the grisly slaying of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander still stands, as does the jury's finding that she did performed the crime in a "cruel manner.”
If the new jury is also unable to come to a unanimous decision on her penalty, Arias will automatically be sentenced to life in prison. The judge will then decide whether the convicted murderer will get life without parole or life with the eligibility of parole after 25 years.