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Jul 16, 2013 4:09 PM by Associated Press

Judge ponders September trial date for Arias

PHOENIX - A judge in Jodi Arias' murder case says she expects to set a new trial date for late September.

During a hearing Tuesday in Phoenix, Judge Sherry Stephens gave attorneys additional time to file motions as Arias' lawyers want the jury's finding that made her eligible for the death penalty vacated.

A new hearing was set for Aug. 26.

Arias was convicted of murder May 8 in the death of boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death. While her murder conviction stands, prosecutors must now decide whether to try again for a death sentence with a new jury or to settle for life in prison.

Arias admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed self-defense.

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