Judge Sherry Stephens has granted Jodi Arias’ request to have her penalty phase retrial pushed back, a spokeswoman for the Superior Court of Arizona said Wednesday.
Jury selection, originally planned for September 8, is now scheduled to begin September 29. The next hearing in the case will be a pretrial conference on September 4, according to Karen Arra, the court’s director of media relations.
Arias filed the motion to continue last week, in a move that was one of her first since being granted the right to act as her own attorney. The convicted killer had expressed frustrations about interviewing witnesses while being locked up in jail.
Arias, 34, was unanimously convicted in May 2013 of first-degree murder in the brutal slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. While jurors were unanimous in that decision, they could not come to an agreement on whether to sentence her to the death penalty or life in prison. A new jury, tasked with making a decision regarding sentencing alone, will be selected for Arias’ retrial in September.
Arias will not be flying solo as she stands before that new group of jurors and pleads her case. The attorneys who represented her during her murder trial — Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott — will be retained as her advisers, according to the court.[hln]