MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A Maricopa County judge granted Jodi Arias a three-week delay to prepare for retrial, more than 15 months after she was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend.
If the new jury is unable to come to agreement, a judge would decide if Arias would get natural life in prison or the possibility of parole in 25 years.
Alexander was found murdered in his shower in a Phoenix suburb in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times, shot in the face and his throat deeply slashed. Arias acknowledged killing Alexander, but claimed self-defense.
A jury agreed with prosecutors that the murder was premeditated, and convicted Arias of first-degree murder.
While Arias is acting as her own attorney for the penalty phase retrial, having split with her legal team due to conflicts over strategy, her lawyers remain on the case as advisors.