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Jodi Arias Fails in New Try at Avoiding Death Penalty

Jodi Arias talks with defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing July 16, 2013, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.Mark Henle / The Arizona Republic pool via AP file

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Jodi Arias has failed to convince an Arizona judge that she should be spared the death penalty for killing an ex-boyfriend, according to court documents.

The documents show that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens dismissed claims by Arias’ attorneys that her defense was hurt when a member of the defense team was prevented from visiting the county jails, Reuters reported.

There was no evidence that Arias “suffered any prejudice” from the incident, Stephens said in a ruling filed Friday, Reuters reported.

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 Jodi Arias talks with defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott during a hearing July 16, 2013, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Mark Henle / The Arizona Republic pool via AP file

A woman who helps gather information to fight death sentences was barred for a week from the county jails in March after she was accused of smuggling out a drawing by Arias, Reuters said.

Arias, 33, was convicted in 2013 of killing 30-year-old Travis Alexander in June 2008. The same jury found her eligible for the death penalty but couldn’t agree on an actual sentence.

A new jury for the penalty phase will be picked Sept. 8.

Alexander's body was found in the shower of his Mesa, Ariz., home, his throat slit, a gunshot in his head, and 27 stab wounds in his body.

Arias contended that she killed Alexander in self-defense and that the relationship was abusive.

The trial, along with lurid details about the former couple's sex life, played out live on TV and online.

— Gil Aegerter

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