Jodi Arias Stuck in Limbo: Jury Split on Sentence

Now a new jury must be selected
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2013 4:42 AM CDT
Jodi Arias Stuck in Limbo: Jury Split on Sentence
Virginia Aguiar, right, comforts Tiffany Sarmient as she cries in frustration after it was announced the jury was deadlocked.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

First Jodi Arias said she wanted the death penalty; then, she made a long case against it. Now, it seems, the jury can't make up its mind either: It split 8-4 in favor of the death penalty. That left the judge to declare a mistrial, with another effort set for July 18 before a new jury. The decision—or lack thereof—left Arias looking surprised, with a "half-smile," according to the Arizona Republic. The family of victim Travis Alexander, meanwhile, appeared devastated; his sisters were in tears.

"The Court has set a status conference for June 20 and we will proceed with the intent to retry the penalty phase" of the trial, said the county attorney's office in a statement. The conviction will remain. It was a bizarre, quiet ending for a trial that held the country's eyes and ears and drew crowds to the courthouse, the Republic notes. Now, "finding 12 honest jurors—by which I mean they have not got a hidden agenda and they want to get on the jury to set things right—is going to be hard. Even my 8-year-old had an opinion," notes a lawyer formerly involved in the case. (Read more Jodi Arias stories.)

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