Jodi Arias Death Penalty Hearing Postponed

PHOTO: Jodi Arias reacts as the verdict is read in court during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix.

The first day of Jodi Arias' sentencing hearing was abruptly postponed today.

No details were immediately given as to the cause of the cancellation, but it was rescheduled for Wednesday, May 15.

There was some sense of alarm briefly when an ambulance was called to the courthouse and the press was kept outside, but the ambulance was summoned for an elderly man.

Arias was placed under a suicide watch after her verdict Wednesday following her conviction for first degree murder, a verdict that could entail a death sentence.

Arias was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in June 2008.

Today was supposed to be the start of the penalty phase of the case, where prosecutor Juan Martinez would try to convince the jury that the murder had aggravating factors that would warrant the death penalty.

Check Out ABC News' complete coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial.

This is a developing story. Check back to often for updates.

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: The fake baby a man was carrying as he and another woman tried to sneak into the mother and baby unit at Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Calif., hospital officials said.
Dignity Health Security/Mercy Medical Center Merced
Leopard Cub Chills in a Basket
Odd Anderson/AFP/Getty Images
PHOTO: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston stopped a would be smuggler from bringing nearly 7 ounces of cocaine into the country in tamales, Aug. 22, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
PHOTO: Giant panda Bao Bao celebrates her first birthday at the Smithsonians National Zoo, Aug. 23, 2014.
David Galen, Smithsonians National Zoo