Testimony in Jodi Arias' penalty-phase retrial delayed; judge cites unspecified emergency

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PHOENIX — Testimony in Jodi Arias' penalty-phase retrial has been delayed.

Jurors heard testimony Monday morning but Judge Sherry Stephens of Maricopa County Superior Court then excused them in the afternoon until Thursday.

She announced there had been an emergency but didn't elaborate.

Arias was found guilty of murder last year in the 2008 killing of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors deadlocked on whether Arias should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Prosecutors now trying to secure a death sentence from a new jury. Otherwise, Arias faces life in prison.

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