Jodi Arias sentencing phase postponed

Arias convicted in boyfriend's death

PHOENIX - The next phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial has been postponed until next week.

Court officials didn't provide a reason for the delay. Court will resume Wednesday.

The jury was scheduled to return to the courtroom Thursday to decide whether Arias should be eligible for the death penalty for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008.

The jury convicted Arias on Wednesday of first-degree murder.

Arias spoke out about the verdict minutes after her conviction, telling KSAZ-TV that she would "prefer to die sooner than later."

She fought back tears as a court clerk read aloud the highly anticipated verdict after a four-month trial.

The next portion of the trial will focus on whether the jury believes the crime was committed in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner. Then jurors will recommend either life in prison or death. The process could take several more weeks.

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