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Judge to set jury selection for convicted murderer Jodi Arias

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge presiding over the high-profile murder trial of Jodi Arias could on Monday schedule jury selection to begin in September to decide whether the former waitress from California should be executed for slaying her ex-boyfriend. Judge Sherry Stephens is expected to decide on a date for the new penalty phase for Arias, who was found guilty in May for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander. A jury then deadlocked on her punishment.

Jodi Arias lawyers want to monitor Twitter accounts of jurors to be seated in penalty phase

PHOENIX - Jodi Arias' attorneys want a judge to allow them to monitor the Twitter accounts of the jury seated in her murder trial to be certain jurors aren't communicating details about the case on social media. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home, but the same jury failed to reach a decision on her sentence. Her case is now in limbo as prosecutors decide whether to seat a new jury in pursuit of the death penalty.

Spaniard who killed his kids sentenced to 40 years

Cordoba, Spain, Jul 22 (EFE).- A judge in this southern Spanish city on Monday handed down a 40-year prison sentence to a man convicted of killing his two children in October 2011. Jose Breton was convicted on July 12. Ruth, 6, and Jose, 2, disappeared on Oct. 8, 2011, after going to a Cordoba park with their father, who denied killing his children and said he had lost track of them during the outing. The investigation centered on bones found in the ashes of a bonfire at a rural property owned by Breton's family.

Trayvon Martin's mother felt 'disgust' over Zimmerman verdict

MIAMI (Reuters) - The mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot to death in Florida last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, said on Thursday she was "stunned" and felt "disgust" when a jury found her son's killer not guilty. "I couldn't believe it," Sybrina Fulton told "CBS This Morning." "I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home. This was no burglar."

Zimmerman jurors passed time with manicures, movies and bowling

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Sequestered jurors locked away from the rest of the world during George Zimmerman's three-week murder trial in Florida fended off cabin fever with manicures, movies and mall shopping. Under the round-the-clock watch of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, the sequestered jury of six women who listened to long days of testimony in the highly charged case blew off steam with an occasional side trip.

Civil rights leaders promise more protests over verdict in Florida teen's slaying

MIAMI - Civil rights leaders are planning vigils and rallies in 100 U.S. cities this weekend to press the federal government to bring charges against a former-neighbourhood watch volunteer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. George Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, but a jury of six women found him not guilty of that charge as well as the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Initially split Florida jury heard Zimmerman call for help

By Daniel Trotta and Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial of George Zimmerman were originally split whether the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin amounted to murder, but most agreed it was Zimmerman, not Martin, calling for help in the background of an emergency call, a juror told CNN. The six-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman, ending a trial that became a national story about race in America. The unnamed juror, number B-37, said no one on the jury believed that race played a role in the shooting.

Obama calls for calm after Zimmerman acquittal; protests held

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called for calm on Sunday after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, as thousands of civil rights demonstrators turned out at rallies to condemn racial profiling. Zimmerman, cleared late on Saturday by a Florida jury of six women, still faces public outrage, a possible civil suit and demands for a federal investigation.

Florida jury acquits Zimmerman

Miami, Jul 14 (EFE).- George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watch captain, was acquitted on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. The six-woman jury deliberated for just over 16 hours before reaching a unanimous verdict and delivering it to Judge Debra Nelson on Saturday night. The jury deliberated for two days before acquitting the 29-year-old Zimmerman. The jury on Saturday asked the judge in the central Florida city of Sanford to clarify the legal concept of manslaughter.

Jury meets again in trial of US black teen's killer

The six-woman jury in the racially-charged trial of a US neighborhood watchman accused of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin resumed its deliberations on Saturday. George Zimmerman, 29, a volunteer night watchman, is accused of pursuing Martin through the gated community of Sanford, Florida and shooting him during an altercation. Zimmerman's lawyers insist he acted in self-defense after Martin, 17, wrestled him to the ground and started bashing his head into the pavement.
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