Jodi Arias Jury Done -- No Decision on Death Penalty; Mistrial of Penalty Phase Declared; State Wants to Retry

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The jury in the Jodi Arias trial failed to come a decision on Thursday on whether or not Arias should get the death penalty, resulting in a mistrial of the penalty phase.
Jury members in the Jodi Arias case wrapped up nearly five months of work today, causing a mistrial due to their failure to reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty.

Some women jurors were crying and one even said "sorry" to the family of slaying victim Travis Alexander, according to a tweet by Wild About Trial.

Next up in this long-running saga: The state will decide whether to be satisfied with a sentence of life in prison for Arias, or retry the penalty phase.

See also - Jodi Arias Asks Jury to Spare Her Life So Her Family Isn't Hurt; No Apology to Victim's Family, No Tears

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement today that he is going for the retry:


"We appreciate the jury's work in the guilt and aggravation phases of the trial and now we will assess, based upon available information, what the next steps will be. As of this point in time, the Court has set a Status Conference for June 20 and we will proceed with the intent to retry the penalty phase. Because, for purposes of a jury determination on punishment, this is still a pending matter, there will be no further comment."


If the state decides not to move forward with a new penalty phase, Judge Sherry Stephens would sentence Arias to life in prison.

For now, it means Arias won't be moving just yet from county jail to a cell in a state prison. Maybe she'll let less-than-friendly reporters interview her -- she'll be jonesing for some airtime, no doubt.

It also means some jury members will soon be granting interviews -- that'll be interesting. These folks have dedicated about five months of their lives to Jodi Arias.

Millions of viewers worldwide are feeling relieved or disappointed at this outcome, which follows the jury's indecision following their May 8 conviction of Arias for first-degree premeditated murder.

Arguably, the mistrial is the biggest surprise of the entire case. The facts of the investigation showed that Arias planned the murder before she killed the 30-year-old Alexander, so a first-degree murder conviction was a good bet.

Whether or not to execute Arias, now 32, for the crime was always the more subjective decision.


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jinjlejangle
jinjlejangle

yes an audit of the cost of the trial and who is paying. TAXPAYERS while we vote these grand standers into office . like they are saving the public .  first offense isolated incident.

Oh and if you look up the auditor  gereral office look at what we see

debra davenport appointed by mormon legislature , dale chapman mormon and jeremy weber grauate of brigham young.    while bill montgomery office talking biased about the case, of course DEVOUT mormon.

forget republicans democrats, Arizona is run by mormons. period . mormons stick together.

the jury found Ray Krone guilty, a mormon dentist who was the 'expert' turned out to be dog and pony show nonsense, and the jury was predominately mormon, so he was convicted and went to death row, on appeal he was INNOCENT.

Right or wrong these mormons stick together and will even convict someone to death row to protect another mormon.

ConcernedCitizen
ConcernedCitizen

Wake up folks! 

Time to end this sick game being played on the taxpayers (the rest don't care). 

Time to end the politicized death penalty used for political gain by those in power and the media. If there was NO death penalty, this case would NOT have wasted millions of taxpayers $$$'s, rather than feed the egos of the Maricopa County Attorney/DA Bill Montgomery and his prosecutors = free advertising, as they "promote" themselves to higher office and/or book deals, etc. 

Life in prison in Arizona is torture and hell. It will also end the years' long litigation and media enrichment game, that take place with death penalty cases. Watch what takes place afterwards. 

Silenced behind bars is what is needed and the public needs to move on and fix Arizona's broken justice system that have taken innocent peoples' rights away. 

ConcernedCitizen
ConcernedCitizen

Would like to see an audit of what this case cost the taxpayers and who all profited from it, and put in place their future earning and notoriety.

notamormon
notamormon

Think about this case, why was it on NATIONAL tv,? it is about a woman killing a mormon.  The mormons  want this on the national tv, 'as a female try to touch one of our "men" mormons , and this is what will happen to you.

Travis should have been arrested and put in prison for watching porn.

I believe Jody was a battered woman.   then his 'sisters ' would have something to cry about

Hopefully woman will not take the law into their own hands, the prosecutor should get jail time for destroying evidence.

all in all it should never have been televised, neither party was famous , it is about mromonism and az needs to wake up to this fact. and look at the positions these mormons hold legislature, judges, ag office , senate

notamormon
notamormon

travis's "family' should have been thrown out of the court room ,the fake crying was annoying, not even good actresses.

they made the comment , "she will burn in hell in the after life"

what about travis? , will he pay the price for being a sex pervert , they try to portray a mormon as a saint when , when as a mormon told me recently 'she went through hell with alexander" I agree.

did he deserve to die, no ,  but he wasnt the saint they portray him to be.

he was a player. he was using arias with no good intentions.

kimthornhill59
kimthornhill59

I like what Travis's friend said afterward, what else did she have to do to him to get death? 

nancyw73
nancyw73

defense strategy:  Jodi's 18 days of porn testimony

sarum
sarum

Is this highly adaptable organism truly a victim of abuse or criminally insane?  When I think of abuse without question I think of Hedda Nussbaum. as the gold standard of an abused woman/domestic partner.  The initial photos of her showed that she had been driven temporarily insane by the abuse.  I have seen that look on other abused women that did eventually heal enough to have something like a life.  I know people plea to leave her alone but again, to me those photos of her serve as an undeniable standard of abuse.  In those days we were still trying to come away from the culture that allowed men to beat their wives legally.  But to this day a large faction considers her to be an untried abuser, complicit with the death of Lisa Steinberg.  Joel has been free many years now, also disgusting.   So to me, with even Hedda's obvious abuse still discounted and doubted how are we to make determination in these modern cases that seem most often to be mutually abusive?  

There are only 2 things I know for sure about Travis.  He is dead.  He was a Mormon, supposed to remain virgin until married, but sexually active - so also living a lie.  Perhaps a wink wink men have needs lie, but still a lie.  If he had been able to say no to the forbidden fruit during his last encounter with Jodi he might be alive today.  

The whole trial as well as media coverage of it seems to have made a mockery of our justice system.  The only sure thing I know is that nobody likes a liar and this case has shown that liars do not help their case and that is good.  

I don't want to throw good money after bad.  I still do not know what is justice in this case.  I do not want to deny due process but sick of it.  Are we being sexist against Jodi by trying her in this manner?  Just because she appears sane, is she really?  Is it our own limitations as humans that has destroyed this trial and made determination nearly impossible?  How many Jodi's have we spawned in this digital reality Matrix culture we are living in?  We all have met liar/manipulators like Jodi but what is it that she allowed herself to go this far when others do not?    


crbullseye
crbullseye

Sentence her to life in solitary confinement! The only human interaction would be with the guards and her attorneys during any appeals. She needs to suffer like Mr Alexander did!!!!

myndreadertoo
myndreadertoo

I  am  just  mystified.....with  so,  so  much  evidence....all  of  the  phone  messages, emails,  written words  between  Jodi  &  Travis,  &  the  horrible,  horrible  after-death  photos,  this  jury  could  not  reach  a  decision!!!!???  If  any  of  them  were  the  least  bit  leery  of  the  death  penalty,  then  Good Lord,  give  her  life.  BUT  DO  SOMETHING!!!!!  It  is  incredibly  sad  that  Travis' family  is  going  to  have  to  go  through  all  of  this  nightmare  again. My  heart  goes  out  to  all  of  them.





Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

I'm conflicted on this. On one hand I feel Arias is certainly a candidate for the death penalty (an eye for an eye) and on the other I think rotting for another 50 or 60 years in a prison cell would be just punishment. 

Since I'm not a part of the family or circle of friends of the victim I can't really say how I could feel from that perspective. I'm not sure they will ever be able to find any kind of 'peace', regardless of what the ultimate sentence will be. I think what the family needs now is some closure to this part of the story so they can move on and let emotional healing begin.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

They should sentence her to a life of working at Amy's Baking Company and spending her days off changing Arpaio's Depends.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

A mistrial is almost always a victory for the defense. Chances of her getting the needle are less than 50-50. Darn.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

Waste of time and money, Monty. For once think about things before you open your mouth and insert something lame. 

Let it go and let her have life in prison. She will suffer.

Linda Gibson
Linda Gibson

Theb Jury, was already sworn in, about it he death sentence. That is our system. It's as if they feel that they have the right to make changes if they are not comfortable with the outcome. Life is not comfortable. Sex has more power than any person realizes. I guess Ms Arias is correct on making the assumption that, the beautiful cannot be put to death, beautiful what?

lana1951
lana1951

It's upsetting that the Jodi Arias jury couldn't come to a verdict. 3 partial days of deliberation after almost 5 months of testimony seems like little effort. She manipulated some of those jury members & they couldn't see it !! For such a horrendous & VERY premeditated crime, she deserves death.

Troy Farah
Troy Farah

Maybe the decision to end someone's life isn't an easy one to make.

Linda Gibson
Linda Gibson

You people suck! Maybe she's blackmailing them, or promising them Internet sex! YES! Even those stupid women!

nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

Hasn't this murderer cost us taxpayers in Maricopa County enough money? Lock her up and throw away the damn key.

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

Hasn't this murderer cost us taxpayers in Maricopa County enough money? Lock her up and throw away the damn key.

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