Jodi Arias trial judge Sherry Stephens has rescheduled the status update hearing for the case, moving the court date two days earlier than previously planned.
Earlier this week, the Maricopa County Superior Court announced through its Twitter account that the date for the Status Conference and Motion to Continue Trial for Arias’ case was now set for July 16. The Court failed to elaborate further or explain what motivated judge Stephens’ decision to change the date of Arias’ hearing.
The judge set the retrial date for a new penalty phase, something that could take several months as attorneys put on a mini-trial of sorts to get a fresh jury up to speed on the case. Jury selection alone could take weeks.
Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8 in the June 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home