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Jodi Arias Death Penalty Hearing Postponed

ABC News(PHOENIX) -- The first day of Jodi Arias' sentencing hearing was abruptly postponed Thursday.

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

There briefly was some sense of alarm 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 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.

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

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