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Jodi Arias back in court ahead of retrial

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Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:15 am

Jodi Arias is set for a court appearance ahead of the second penalty phase in her murder trial.

The 34-year-old admitted killing her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home in 2008 but said it was self-defense. Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage.

Arias was convicted last year but the jury couldn't agree on a sentence, setting the stage for a second penalty phase Sept. 8.

While Arias' murder conviction stands, prosecutors can put on another penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence. If the new jury deadlocks, death will be removed as an option and Arias faces life in prison.

A judge recently granted her motion to serve as her own attorney. She is due back in court Wednesday.

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