Jodi Arias faces another death penalty hearing (+video)

Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013. But a jury could not reach agreement on whether to give Jodi Arias the death penalty. A second sentencing hearing begins Friday.

By , Associated Press

Jodi Arias is due back in court this week as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase.

The 33-year-old former waitress was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013 for the 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence.

Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

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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.

Arias admitted that she killed her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home but claimed it was self-defense. He suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, had his throat slit and was shot in the forehead. Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage when Alexander wanted to end their affair.

Arias is back in court on Friday for a hearing.

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