Homicide

Jodi Arias appears in closed court hearing ahead of murder case's September sentencing retrial

  • Jodi Arias sits in Maricopa County Superior Court on May 16, 2014,  for a hearing on allowing cameras in the courtroom in Phoenix, Ariz.  Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence. Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence. If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Jodi Arias sits in Maricopa County Superior Court on May 16, 2014, for a hearing on allowing cameras in the courtroom in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence. Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence. If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Jodi Arias sits in Maricopa County Superior Court on May 16, 2014,  for a hearing on allowing cameras in the courtroom in Phoenix, Ariz.  Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence. Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence. If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Jodi Arias sits in Maricopa County Superior Court on May 16, 2014, for a hearing on allowing cameras in the courtroom in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence. Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence. If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Jodi Arias sits in Maricopa County Superior Court on May 16, 2014,  for a hearing on allowing cameras in the courtroom in Phoenix, Ariz.  Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence. Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence. If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Jodi Arias sits in Maricopa County Superior Court on May 16, 2014, for a hearing on allowing cameras in the courtroom in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias was convicted of murder last year for the 2008 killing of her lover in Arizona, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence. Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence. If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Jodi Arias has returned to an Arizona courtroom as attorneys prepare for a second penalty phase in her murder trial.

Friday's hearing was closed to the public, including the media.

Arias was convicted last year in the 2008 killing of her lover, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on a sentence.

Under state law, her murder conviction stands, but prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years.

The second penalty phase is set for September.