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Jodi Arias cheats death after hung jury, leaving sentencing to judge

For the second time in the Jodi Arias murder trial the jury has become deadlocked over determining on whether Arias deserves the death penalty or life in prison. A judge on Thursday announced the deadlocked jury. As a result of this jury being the second one to become deadlocked in the penalty phase of Arias case, Arias no longer facing the possibility of the death penalty. The sentence of life in prison will now be decided by Judge Sherry Stephens on April 13. Arias will either receive life or life with the possibility of parole after 25 years. Arias will receive get credit for the six years she has already served.

The jury in the penalty phase retrial got the case February 25 and took 26 hours before the judge declared the jury was hung. It has taken 2½ years to reach this point. Travis Alexander, 30, was found dead in the bathroom of his Mesa, Ariz., home in June 2008. He had been shot in the head, stabbed nearly 30 times, and his throat was cut from ear to ear. His body sat there for five days before it was discovered by friends. Arias, whom Alexander described as a stalker, even though he would travel with her on trips and invite her to his house for late-night trysts. Investigators found photographs from the last one — naked shots of both Alexander and Arias, as well as photos of Alexander in the shower minutes before he was killed. One photo even showed his inert body on the floor next to Arias’ stockinged foot. Read more at Examiner.com

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