Judge: Jodi Arias can still face death penalty

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has denied a motion from Jodi Arias' defense team to have the death penalty removed as a sentencing option.

In court documents filed Friday, Judge Sherry Stephens says Arias' attorneys showed no evidence that banning a defense aide from making jail visits last March prejudiced the murder case.

Maricopa County sheriff's officials say mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa was banned for a week after she took a drawing by Arias out of the jail.

Stephens says there's no proof that the incident would impact the ability to present evidence at Arias' penalty phase retrial in September.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder last year in the 2008 killing of her lover, but jurors couldn't reach a decision on sentencing.

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi declined to comment Saturday.

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