Judge allows Jodi Arias to represent herself at death penalty trial

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PHOENIX – A judge has ruled that Jodi Arias can represent herself in the upcoming penalty phase of her murder trial, where jurors will decide whether she is put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend.

Arias, 34, was convicted of first-degree murder in a sensational trial last year in the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on sentencing. Under Arizona law, Arias’ murder conviction stands, and prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

The case captured headlines worldwide and became a cable television staple with its tales of sex, lies and a brutal killing.

A new trial to determine the sentence is scheduled to begin Sept. 8. If the second panel fails to end in a unanimous decision, the death penalty would be removed from consideration. The judge would…

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Video of man kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon spurs investigation

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WATCH ABOVE: Cell phone footage allegedly shows man kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said Monday that chances of finding the man are slim.

She couldn’t say whether the video was a hoax. But she says geographical features in it match part of the Grand Canyon. She says authorities have reached out to YouTube seeking more information.

A message sent Monday to the person who uploaded the video wasn’t immediately returned.

The video shows a shirtless man wearing a cowboy hat leaving a trail of food, putting on one of his shoes and then kicking the squirrel into the air.

Park officials discourage visitors from feeding squirrels or other wildlife.

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