Next phase of Jodi Arias trial postponed

Posted at 3:32 PM, May 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-09 17:32:55-04

(CNN) – The next phase of the Jodi Arias trial has been postponed, the judicial assistant for Judge Sherry Stephens said Thursday. Court is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. ET). Officials did not provide a reason for the delay.

During this part of the proceedings, the so-called “aggravation phase,” jurors will take an important step closer to that life or death decision.

“Now the odds, I think, shift somewhat in her favor, because it’s a very different thing to sentence someone to die than to convict them,” CNN senior legal analyst Jeffery Toobin said.

In a television interview minutes after the verdict was announced, Arias said she’d prefer a death sentence.

“I said years ago that I’d rather get death than life, and that still is true today,” she told Phoenix television station KSAZ. “I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I’d rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”

The comments prompted authorities to place Arias on suicide watch in an Arizona jail, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

“Until she is released from suicide protocol by Sheriff’s officials no further media interviews of inmate Arias will be permitted,” the office said in a statement.

Arias was stoic in court Wednesday. Her eyes briefly welled up with tears as a clerk announced that the jury found her guilty of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008.’

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