Jury can’t decide whether Jodi Arias should be executed for murderering her boyfriend — mistrial declared

National Post

PHOENIX — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the Jodi Arias sentencing case after a jury deadlocked on whether the convicted murderer should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008.

The decision removes the death penalty as an option and leaves the judge to sentence Arias to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Family members of victim Travis Alexander wept when the judge said jurors couldn’t reach a decision. They sobbed as they left the courtroom, with one covering her eyes as she walked out. Arias’ mother, Sandra, received a hug from a friend.

It marked the second time a jury was unable to reach a decision on her punishment — a disappointment for prosecutors who argued for the death penalty during the nearly seven-year legal battle.

Arias’ 2013 trial became a…

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