Updated 07:42 AM EDT, Wed, Oct 22, 2014
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Jodi Arias Trial News Update: No Set Date to Start Arias' Retrial

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Defendant Jodi Arias looks to her family during closing arguments during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona, May 3, 2013. Defense counsel for Jodi Arias denied in closing arguments on Friday in her high-profile murder trial that she went on a meticulously planned "covert mission" to Arizona expressly to kill her ex-boyfriend and then hide her tracks. (Photo : REUTERS/Rob Schumacher/The Arizona )

There is still no word when the sentencing phase in the Jodi Arias murder trial will begin.

Arias, 33, was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban home in Phoenix, Ariz. The same jury that found her guilty on May 8, 2013 failed to reach a unanimous decision on her sentencing. As a result, a retrial to determine whether she should be sentenced to death, life in prison or life with a chance of release after serving 25 years was slated for March 17. However, that date was delayed in February due to a scheduling conflict with prosecutor Juan Martinez.

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According to The Arizona Republic, Martinez is supposed to begin another potential death penalty trial on May 12.

Last month at a hearing at the Maricopa County Superior Court, Presiding Criminal Judge Joseph Welty ruled that Martinez's other case, which involves a man accused of killing an Arizona police officer in 2007, will take priority since it's the oldest capital murder case in the county awaiting trial.

Because the Hulsey case has been repeatedly postponed, Martinez doesn't want to see it postponed any further, reports the Arizona Republic.

Although Martinez suggested that a different prosecutor be appointed to the Arias trial, that motion was denied by a supervisor who was in the courtroom, reports the Epoch Times. Maricopa County Superior Court Presiding Criminal Judge Joseph Welty decided that Judge Sherry Stephens, who is presiding over the Arias trial, will decide when to reschedule the sentencing part of the trial. However, Judge Stephens has still not announced a start date.

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