Jodi Arias Jury Can't Reach Decision on Death Penalty, Sent Back by Judge for More Deliberation

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Tanisha Sorenson, sister of murder victim Travis Alexander, reacts after hearing that the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision on whether to execute Jodi Arias.
The jury in the Jodi Arias case announced just before noon today that they can't reach a unanimous decision on whether Arias should be executed.

Maricopa County Judge Sherry Stephens sent the jury back to try again.

Under Arizona law, the jury will be dismissed and a new jury convened if the stalemate continues. That new jury won't re-determine Arias' guilt or innocence, just whether she should receive the death sentence or life in prison.

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Members of murder victim Travis Alexander's family were visibly upset after the announcement.

The jury deliberated for about two hours this morning before reaching their non-decision. Stephens read more jury instructions to them before asking them to keep trying.

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Do I think Jodi Arias deserves death?  ABSOLUTELY.  Do I think that I would be able to personally send her there?  I don't know. 

valleynative topcommenter

Apparently, it's not uncommon for a trial to reach this point and then for one juror to decide that they're not willing to be responsible for the death of somebody else even if they feel that they deserve it.   If they reach the point of convincing themselves that "God doesn't want them to do this", then there's no point in further debate.  You either all agree on a life sentence or you punt and let a new jury try to decide.


Either way she won't be driving around with gas cans in her car looking for trouble.

Flyer9753 topcommenter

wow... she (or whoever is coaching her) played the jury well, I will give her/them that.

Amazing how gullible people can be.

Fry this bitch.... (yes I know we don't use the electric chair here... shame....)

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

can someone explain why she is on T.V. giving interviews when there was supposed to be an order from the judge against it??

Jennifer Fenton
Jennifer Fenton

Come on what's the problem ? Are you sympathizing with her now ....

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