The jury in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial is deadlocked and a mistrial has been declared. This means the death penalty is off the table and it is up the judge to decide whether or not Arias can ever be eligible for parole. VPC


PHOENIX — Jodi Arias, the woman convicted of killing her boyfriend, will spend life in prison, not because of a jury sentence, but because a jury could not reach an unanimous verdict on whether to sentence her to death for the murder of her lover, Travis Alexander.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial Thursday, saying jurors repeatedly indicated they could not reach consensus.


Jurors later spoke to the media and said that 11 of the 12 were in favor of the death penalty. There was one holdout.

Jurors, who were not identified by name, alternately expressed remorse that they were not able to reach a verdict and anger at the woman who held out against the death penalty, saying they suspected she had an "agenda."

"We really feel like we made a huge effort," one juror said. "I could not say how sorry I am that it wasn't enough."

Jurors in the Jodi Arias trial spoke out following a mistrial in her sentencing retrial. They said that 11 of the 12 were in favor of the death penalty and believed the one holdout, a woman, had an agenda. VPC

Alexander's sisters were seen sobbing in the courtroom during Thursday's proceedings. After leaving the courtroom, the family walked by the media. Tanisha Sorenson, one of Alexander's sisters, said, "The real justice will be in the afterlife, when Jodi burns in hell."

Arias has been on trial — a sentencing retrial, actually — since October.

The final 12 of the original jurors — five were dismissed over the five-month-long process and two were designated alternates a week ago when closing arguments ended — deliberated for three days, but reached an impasse late Tuesday morning. Stephens sent them back to the jury room to try again.

Thursday morning, they called it quits and Stephens declared a mistrial. Under Arizona law, Arias automatically will be sentenced by Stephens to life in prison. Arias' formal sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 13. Stephens will decide whether she's eligible for release after 25 years.

It was the second time a jury hung on life or death for Arias, 34. A 2014 jury in her first trial also reached impasse. Under state law, Arias cannot be tried again and must be sentenced to life in prison.

"The 11 of us strived for justice but to no avail," a juror said. "We absolutely feel the penalty should have been death