Jodi Arias sentencing: No ruling from judge on postponement of penalty phase

PHOENIX - A judge announced she will not rule on a motion Thursday to postpone the Jodi Arias sentencing phase to January 2014.

Judge Sherry Stephens set another court date to July 18.

Arias arrived in the courtroom wearing jailhouse stripes and went into the judge's chambers shortly after 8:30 a.m. with attorneys and the aunt of victim Travis Alexander.

Judge Stephens heard motions from both sides in the judge's chambers and was expected to issue a ruling.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez asked Judge Stephens earlier this month to reject the defense team's request to delay until next year, saying none of the reasons offered in their motion warrants a postponement.
  
Arias' attorneys asked for a postponement to allow their client time to gather witnesses to testify on her behalf.

They also have said they have scheduling conflicts with the current July 18 date set for retrial.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the June 2008 death of her former boyfriend, Alexander.

About two weeks later, the same panel failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to her punishment.

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