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PHOENIX -- Jodi Arias is scheduled to return to court this week as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase.

Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in his Mesa home, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence.

Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years. The second penalty phase is set for September.

Arias is back in court on Friday for a hearing.

Associated Press,

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