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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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 Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

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.

sarum
sarum

Could a Jodi lover please put forth a good argument using logic instead of emotion?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 She'll be given life (maybe with a chance of parole .  They will NEVER find a jury that can be impartial, unless there is a wingnut claventhat only watch Fox and not any real news.  Oh wait..  This is AZ.  They can probably fill a jury from just Sun City.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Eleanor_Holguin That decision should not be left to Montgomery, but to the Alexander family.  The State should respect their desires in this case.  If they decide a second time pleading their case is too much for them to bear, then so be it. 

I am willing to endure more Arias coverage if the victim's of this case need this to be fought to the bitter end.  This is a minor inconvenience to us...

johnsmith123
johnsmith123

@lana1951 Idiot.  Maybe they just had a difference of opinion on whether or not to kill a human being. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@lana1951   To be fair, those months of testimony were to decide her guilt.  Getting every juror to agree on a death penalty is a completely different matter.  It just takes one hold-out on each side to create a mistrial.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

@yourproductsucks I do agree with your point. It should be up to them but I think that if they are looking for the death penalty they won't find it here. 

Their family deserves some sort of peace...which I know they probably won't ever find. 

My good friends, Dan Marco and Karen Montenegro, know what I mean. 

Thanks for the comment.

lana1951
lana1951

I understand about "hold-outs. The entire 5 months of testimony was with the assumption there would be a conviction. AND sentence. I feel so sorry for Travis' family. If that was my brother, son, nephew I would want death for her, too. I still say 3 Partial days of deliberations was not enough time for going over instructions & making a decision.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Eleanor_Holguin @yourproductsucks The peace this family seeks won't be found in a court of law.  I've heard the father speak, I'm certain he will be able to lead his family to a peaceful conclusion to this tragic event.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@lana1951 A friend served on a jury where, although everybody said at the beginning that they believed that the death penalty was sometimes justified, one person "found God" and decided that man has no right take a human life.

On the other side, there were some who refused to allow the possibility of being responsible if the killer should ever escape or kill a guard or other inmate.  In a case like that, it only takes a few hours to realize that you've got a hopeless deadlock.

It's just wasting time and money to sit around hoping one or the other will change their convictions.

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