Once again, the jury has deadlocked while trying to determine whether or not convicted murderer Jodi Arias would be sentenced to death for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander. This jury reportedly deliberated for 26 hours over five days, ending up with a vote of 11-1 to sentence Arias to death.
A good portion of the 14 jurors (12 jurors and 2 alternates) spoke to reporters after the mistrial was declared. They said they tried to convince the lone holdout to change her mind, but some believed that the woman was biased and not inclined to sentence Arias to death. Other jurors even reportedly tried to get the holdout juror kicked off of the panel.
In a penalty retrial that saw jurors having to digest images of the brutal death of Travis Alexander. They reportedly had difficulty sleeping at nights because of what they were seeing and hearing. While they were faced with the brutality of what happened to Alexander, the defense also told them of an alleged psychological disorder that caused Arias to try to mold herself into the perfect woman for any man she dated. They also held out verbal and physical abuse that Arias had dealt with her entire life. The defense argued that when Alexander voiced a desire to date someone else, Arias snapped. They argued that she deserved a second chance.
When jurors convened for the first time, they said the initial vote was evenly split. Eventually, negotiation and persuasion brought that vote to 11-1, where it remained.
This second deadlocked jury means that on April 13, the judge will sentence her to either life in prison without the possibility of parole, or life with the possibility of release in 25 years.
Jurors in Jodi Arias case: We were 11-1 for death penalty (Yahoo News)
Jodi Arias avoids death penalty for 2008 murder of lover Travis Alexander after second jury mistrial (NY Daily News)
Hung jury! Jodi Arias won’t be executed (CNN: Headline News)
Jurors in Jodi Arias Case: We Were 11-1 for Death Penalty (ABC News)
Photo: AP /The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool