Thursday, May 23, 2013

Arias Jury Deadlocked over Death Penalty

Jodi Arias is on trial for the murder of Travis Alexander.


Jurors in the Jodi Arias murder trial told the judge Wednesday they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether the convicted murderer should be sentenced to life in prison or death for killing her one-time boyfriend, prompting the judge to instruct them to continue deliberations and try to work through their differences.

The jury reported its impasse after only about two and a half hours of deliberations that began Tuesday afternoon.

"I do not wish or intend to force a verdict," Judge Sherry Stephens told the jurors before sending them back to continue discussions. She instructed them to try to identify areas of agreement and disagreement as they work toward a decision.

Under Arizona law, a hung jury in the death penalty phase of a trial requires a new jury to be seated to decide the punishment. If the second jury cannot reach a unanimous decision, the judge would then sentence Arias to spend her entire life in prison or be eligible for release after 25 years.

That's an interesting rule.  If the first jury can't see their way clear to sanction murder, they bring in another jury to try.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. The death penalty is on the books, and this case is an obvious example of one that meets the standard.