Well, it looks like Jodi’s 15 minutes of fame and attention isn’t over. The jury couldn’t decide if she should receive life in prison or the death penalty.
(CNN) — An Arizona judge declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial Thursday after a deadlocked jury said it couldn’t decide whether to sentence her to death for the murder of her ex-boyfriend.
That means a new jury will be chosen, but the first-degree murder conviction still stands.
A retrial for the penalty phase will begin on July 18, Judge Sherry Stephens said. A status conference has been scheduled for June 20.
Since Tuesday, jurors had been deliberating whether Arias, 32, should get a death sentence for murdering ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.
A source with knowledge of the jury’s vote said there was an 8-4 split in favor of sentencing Arias to death.
Jurors refused to talk to the media and immediately left the courtroom.
The hung jury brought to a close a dramatic chapter in a high-profile case that has lasted for months, drawing spectators who lined up for courtroom seats and waited anxiously outside the courthouse.
But the closely watched trial isn’t over yet.
In many states, the death penalty would be off the table if the jury couldn’t agree.
“It’s a very unusual circumstance, but it is part of Arizona statute that yes, if you get to this third phase, the penalty phase, and there is a hung jury, it means another jury comes in,” said CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, who has covered the Arias trial from the outset.
In a written statement, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said prosecutors “will proceed with the intent to retry the penalty phase.”
“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,” he said.