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Ban lifted on Arizona jail visits for Arias defense team member

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona sheriff's officials lifted a ban on Wednesday on jail visits by a key member of Jodi Arias' defense team over accusations she tried to smuggle one of the convicted murderer's drawings out of the facility, an administrator said. Mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa, who helps gather information to spare clients the death penalty, will be allowed to see Arias and other clients inside any of the Maricopa County jails, said Jack MacIntyre, the Sheriff's Office chief deputy.

Member of Arias defense team barred from Arizona jail over drawing

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A key member of Jodi Arias' defense team was barred from a Phoenix jail where the convicted murderer is being held after being accused of smuggling one of her drawings out of the facility, sheriff's officials said on Tuesday.

Member of Arias defense team barred from Arizona jail over drawing

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A key member of Jodi Arias' defense team was barred from a Phoenix jail where the convicted murderer is being held after being accused of smuggling one of her drawings out of the facility, sheriff's officials said on Tuesday.

Arizona jury to consider again death penalty for Jodi Arias in September

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Monday set a September court date to try again to determine whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend nearly six years ago, court officials said. Arias was convicted by a jury in May 2013 of murdering Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times, shot in the face and had his throat slashed.

Judge sets March date for new Jodi Arias sentencing phase

PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Monday set a March court date for retrial of the penalty phase in the sensational murder case of Jodi Arias, who was convicted last year of killing her ex-boyfriend at his home in a Phoenix suburb. After finding Arias guilty of the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander, a Maricopa County jury last May deadlocked on the question of weather the 33-year-old California waitress should be put to death or be sentenced to life in prison.

Judge rejects bid to move murderer Jodi Arias sentencing retrial

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge has rejected a bid by convicted boyfriend killer Jodi Arias to move her sentencing phase retrial from Phoenix despite the widespread publicity surrounding the sensational murder case, court documents showed on Friday. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens also ruled that video cameras that streamed the original trial live each day to throngs of Internet viewers will not be allowed back when the case resumes. She did not give a reason for that decision.

Murderer Jodi Arias requests new venue in Arizona sentencing retrial

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Convicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for killing an ex-boyfriend, is seeking a change of venue for a sentencing phase retrial in her high profile murder case, saying she could not get a fair hearing in the Phoenix area, court documents showed on Wednesday.

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.

Jodi Arias penalty phase retrial could start September: judge

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge said on Tuesday she hopes to start picking jurors in September for a penalty phase retrial for convicted murderer Jodi Arias to decide whether the one-time waitress should be put to death for the killing her ex-boyfriend. But the judge, who had been expected to set a date on Tuesday for arguments over when jury selection should begin, postponed that hearing until August at the request of defense lawyers.
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