Judge ponders September trial date for Arias

BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press
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In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Jodi Arias points to her family as a reason for the jury to give her a life in prison sentence instead of the death penalty, during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool, File)

In this May 21, 2013 file photo, Jodi Arias points to her family as a reason for the jury to give her a life in prison sentence instead of the death penalty, during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge in Jodi Arias’ murder case says she expects to set a new trial date for late September.

During a hearing Tuesday in Phoenix, Judge Sherry Stephens gave attorneys additional time to file motions as Arias’ lawyers want the jury’s finding that made her eligible for the death penalty vacated.

A new hearing was set for Aug. 26.

Arias was convicted of murder May 8 in the death of boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death. While her murder conviction stands, prosecutors must now decide whether to try again for a death sentence with a new jury or to settle for life in prison.

Arias admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed self-defense.

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