Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Lawyer: Jury at impasse in Arias case; judge says keep going


In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, Jodi Arias sits during her sentencing phase retrial in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Officials have released transcripts of closed-door testimony given two months ago by Arias during her sentencing retrial. The public was barred from watching the testimony after a judge said the witness, whose name was then kept secret, was skittish and wouldn't testify unless the courtroom was closed. Arias was convicted last year in the murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, File)

In this Jan. 9, 2015, file photo, Jodi Arias sits during her sentencing phase retrial in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Officials have released transcripts of closed-door testimony given two months ago by Arias during her sentencing retrial. The public was barred from watching the testimony after a judge said the witness, whose name was then kept secret, was skittish and wouldn’t testify unless the courtroom was closed. Arias was convicted last year in the murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, but jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered jurors in the Jodi Arias case to keep deliberating after her lawyers said the panel had reached an impasse on whether to sentence her to death or life in prison for killing her lover in 2008.

Arias, now 34, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013 after a lengthy trial that became a sensation with its tawdry revelations about her relationship with victim Travis Alexander. That jury deadlocked on her punishment.

Authorities said Alexander, 30, was found dead in the shower of his Mesa home after Arias shot him in the forehead and slit his throat so deeply that he was nearly decapitated.

On Tuesday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens denied a request by Arias’ attorneys for a mistrial and instead read additional jury instructions to the jury in her sentencing retrial.

The jury had deliberated about 17 hours over four days.

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi said in court that jurors were at an impasse, though the judge and prosecutor Juan Martinez never confirmed that in open court.

Jurors posed two questions to Stephens, who didn’t reveal details. The judge and lawyers held closed-door discussions shortly before jurors were brought into the courtroom.

Stephens told them that she didn’t intend to force a verdict and said in her instructions that jurors shouldn’t weigh evidence based on the views of other jurors.

If the current jury can’t decide on a sentence, the death penalty would be removed as an option and the judge would decide if Arias serves life in prison or gets a chance for release after 25 years.

JACQUES BILLEAUD

Source: AP

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lee c fairfax says:

I’m afraid it’s fated to go to the judge after this jury first says no hope and I don’t trust this judges’ impartiality. I am big on defending and giving women the benefit of a doubt in DV charges but this one reeks of pre-planned slaughter out of jealousy to me. It would kill me to hear 25 years. (and I know this clever manipulator will be queen bee of the prison while she is there.)

   
Casey says:

I agree with the previous comments. Her “defense” for ambushing him in the shower, stabbing him 27-29 times, shooting him in the forehead, & nearly decapitating him as she slit his throat was that it was self defense. If she holds such little regard for human life, & is such a big coward that she cannot even own up to the true motivation for her actions, she does not deserve to enjoy a life that she denied another with such calousness & brutality.

   
Lala says:

If this “judge” gives option of parole I’m going to start recall campaign from CA, This family has suffered for too long, and it all is because of her incompetence! How can this be happening?

   
lee c fairfax says:

If the DP is off the table and it goes to the judge should this jury hang, is it putting this entire 2nd trial in jeopardy by giving dynamite charge?

   
Mamie says:

The jury should give her the death penalty because of what she did to
Travis,

   

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