Mistrial Declared in Jodi Arias Penalty Phase
The judge in the Jodi Arias murder trial has declared a mistrial in the penalty phase after the jury reported for a second time that it was deadlocked on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death for killing her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, back in 2008.
From The Huffington Post:
The “non-unanimous agreement” verdict was reached in a Phoenix courtroom by the same jury of eight men and four women that convicted Arias earlier this month of first-degree murder. The jury deliberated for more than 13 hours after a three-day penalty phase.
Under Arizona law, a new jury will be selected — reportedly on July 18 — to decide Arias’ punishment. If the second panel can’t make a decision, the judge will have to decide whether to put her in prison for life or make her eligible for parole in 25 years.
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