By Sonya Magett, EnStars | Aug 26, 2013 11:43 AM EDT
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Jodi Arias will return to court on Monday to learn the court date that will begin the next and last phase of her trial. Fans of the sensational murder trial can watch the court session live as it happens.
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View the free live stream of Arias' live court session on a computer, tablet or mobile phone via the link below.
The court session begins on Aug. 26 at 11:30 a.m. EST/ 8:30 a.m. PST.
Arias' defense attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott have requested to have the next phase of her trial moved to 2014. Arizona's state prosecutors, however, are trying to ensure that the third penalty phase of the convicted murderer's trial begin this year.
Arias was convicted of murder on May 8 and the same jury agreed on May 15-during the second phase of the trial-- that she killed her victim Travis Alexander in an "especially cruel manner." According to Arizona law, "cruel manner" is when a victim suffered physical and or mental pain.
In the third sentencing phase of Arias' trial, the same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision as to whether she should be sentenced to life or death on May 23. The judge was forced to then forced declare a mistrial because of the deadlocked jury.
State prosecutor Juan Martinez will return to court at the next date to argue that Arias be eligible for the death penalty. If the judge rules that Arias is eligible for the death penalty, there will be a retrial of the sentence phase with a new jury. If the new jury votes that she receives the death sentence in the new sentence phase, she will be the fourth woman in Arizona to do so.
Arias' attorneys Nurmi and Willmott have also requested that when a new jury is selected, that the state requests their social media accounts and have it monitored to ensure their client receives a fair trial. They also asked that the media not be allowed to televise the next phase.
Arias' sensational trial began in January. She took the stand for a marathon 18 days and maintained throughout that the killing was in self-defense despite fierce cross-examination by prosecutors. The Lifetime network premiered the original movie about Arias' relationship with Alexander, titled Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, on Saturday, June 22.
Watch the live court session below beginning at 1 p.m. EST.
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