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Arias Re-Trial Scheduled for March: An Arizona judge has scheduled jury selection to begin March 17 for the second penalty phase of convicted murderer, Jodi Arias.  Stephanie Slifer of CBS News reports that Arias, who was found guilty of first degree murder in May 2013, faces another penalty trial after the original jury presiding over her case failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether she should receive life in prison or a death sentence.  If the new jury also fails to reach a unanimous decision, the judge will be forced to automatically remove the death penalty option and Arias would be sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 25 years.

Supreme Court Rejects Oklahoma Death Row Appeals: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the final appeals of two Oklahoma men that have been on the state's death row for more than 10 years.  Chris Casteel of News OK reports that one of the men, Charles Frederick Warren, was found guilty and sentenced to death in more than a decade ago for the 1997 rape and murder of an 11-month-old child.  The court has yet to schedule execution dates for the two men. 

Prosecutor Wants Death Penalty Option for some Convicted Human Traffickers: An Arizona prosecutor is proposing an addition to the state's death penalty law that would make human smugglers who are also found guilty of murder eligible for a death sentence.  Jackie Kent of Tucson News Now reports that Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles has proposed adding human smuggling to a list of 14 other aggravating circumstances, that along with a first-degree murder conviction, can make an individual eligible for the death penalty.  Arizona law states that a person can only receive the death penalty if they are found guilty of first-degree murder and at least one aggravating circumstance.  

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