Judge in Arias case delays decision on next move

BRIAN SKOLOFF and JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press
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Jodi Arias during sentencing phase in murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, Maricopa County Superior court, Phoenix. (AP Photo)

Jodi Arias during sentencing phase in murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, Maricopa County Superior court, Phoenix. (AP Photo)

PHOENIX (AP) — The judge in the Jodi Arias murder trial has delayed a decision on the next step for the high-profile case.

The case returned to court Thursday for the first time since a mistrial was declared last month in the penalty phase of the trial.

Defense lawyers earlier asked the judge to resume the case in January, while prosecutors say it should occur this summer.

The judge did not rule Thursday and set another hearing for July 18.

Arias was in the courtroom — shackled and surrounded by guards the entire time.

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