Jury Selection for sentencing Jodi Arias postponed

Judge Sherry Stephens postponed the selection process for the jury members of the high-profile sentencing trial of ex-waitress Jodi Arias to mid-September on Monday, August 26. Once selected, jury members will decide if California-based Arias is to be executed for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

After finding her guilty of first-degree murder at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona on May 23, the original jury deadlocked when deciding her punishment.

At a hearing last July, Stephens said she hoped to start jury selection by late September. State prosecutors, on the other hand, had asked for the process to start as early as July 30. If another deadlock happens in this new trial to determine her punishment, Arias would be sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

The trial, which began in January, found Arias guilty of shooting and stabbing Alexander multiple times in May 2008.

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