Updated 11:20 AM EDT, Tue, Sep 30, 2014
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Jodi Arias Trial News Update: Sentencing Retrial Set for September 2014

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Jodi Arias, accused of murdering her boyfriend in 2008, continued her testimony on Monday by describing a graphic account of how he allegedly raped her. (Photo : Reuters)

A court date has finally been set in the second penalty phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial.

The 33-year-old former California waitress was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban home in Phoenix, Ariz. On May 8, 2013, she was found guilty, but the same jury 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 set for March 17. However, that date was delayed in February due to a scheduling conflict with prosecutor Juan Martinez.

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On Monday, it was announced that Arias' sentencing trial will begin on Sept. 8, reports Reuters.

According to Fox 6 Now, if the second panel fails to reach an unanimous decision, then the death penalty will be removed from consideration and the judge decide if she will spend her life behind bars or to be eligible for release after 25 years.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Arias' first trial cost Arizona taxpayers over $2 million in legal bills. According to officials, the tab, which reached almost $2.2 million, paid for court-appointed attorneys, expert witnesses and other legal fees.

Medical examiners found that the convicted killer stabbed her ex-boyfriend 27 times, primarily in the back and in the torso and the heart. She also slit Alexander's throat from ear to ear, nearly decapitating him, and shot him in the face, before she dragged his bloodied corpse to the shower where she left him crumpled over. In total the killing was done in a little less than two minutes.

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