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Jodi Arias Update: Prosecutors still plan to pursue death penalty for convicted murderer

Convicted of murder, "48 Hours" interviews were evidence in her trial. Will she be put to death? Maureen Maher reports.

Jodi Arias reacts in court to being found guilty of first-degree murder
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(CBS/AP) PHOENIX - Authorities plan to try again to secure the death penalty for convicted murderer Jodi Arias after jurors in her trial deadlocked last month on a sentence.

PICTURES: Jodi Arias pleads with jurors for a life sentence

READ: Jodi Arias: A timeline of a sensational murder case

Arias was convicted of murder May 8 in the 2008 killing of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home.

About two weeks later, the same panel failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death. Before they began deliberations, Arias begged for a life sentence, asking for her life to be spared for her family's sake.

While her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of pursuing a new penalty phase aiming for the ultimate punishment or avoid it altogether, leading to a life sentence for Arias.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that his office is preparing for a retrial.

A new panel will need to be seated before the next penalty phase can proceed. If the second panel cannot reach a unanimous agreement, the judge will then sentence Arias to either her entire life in prison or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

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