Arizona

Jun 20, 2013 12:57 PM by Associated Press

Judge in Arias case delays decision on next move

PHOENIX - The judge in the Jodi Arias murder trial has delayed a decision on the next step for the high-profile case.

The case returned to court Thursday for the first time since a mistrial was declared last month in the penalty phase of the trial.

Defense lawyers earlier asked the judge to resume the case in January, while prosecutors say it should occur this summer.

The judge did not rule Thursday and set another hearing for July 18.

Arias was in the courtroom - shackled and surrounded by guards the entire time.

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