Jury selection is set to begin later this year for the second penalty phase in the Jodi Arias case. The AP reports the 33-year-old was not in the courtroom on Monday when a judge said the death penalty phase will launch on Sept. 8.
Arias, who was convicted of first degree murder for killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander, has been waiting for this next phase to find out if the prosecution will be able to nail down a death sentence with a new jury. It was originally supposed to begin this week, but the prosecutor had a conflict with scheduling.
ABC News says, according to the AP, “If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars or to be eligible for release after 25 years.”
Travis was stabbed nearly 30 times and shot in the forehead. The defense will continue working to keep the death penalty off the table.
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