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Jodi Arias Prosecutors Announce They Will Seek The Death Penalty Against Her Again

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday his office will to continue seek the death penalty against convicted killer Jodi Arias with a second jury, after the first could not decide her fate after she was found guilty of first-degree murder last month.

“At this point,” Montgomery said at a news conference in Arizona, “we are still preparing to move forward to retry the penalty phase.”

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As we previously reported, a new jury will be selected for the penalty phase, with a retrial date set for July 18; if the second panel deadlocks, Judge Sherry Stephens will then issue Arias a sentence of life in prison, or 25 years with the eligibility of parole. (The death penalty would not be an option in that scenario.)

After a months-long trial that captivated the country’s attention with its’ salacious details of sex, obsession and violence, the 32-year-old waitress-photographer was convicted May 8 in the brutal 2008 murder of her former lover, Travis Alexander.

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