Just like the first jury in the Jodi Arias sentencing, the second jury has come to an impasse in their deliberations. On Tuesday, Judge Sherry Stephens read the “impasse instruction”, asking the jurors to return to the deliberation room and attempt to come to a unanimous decision.

In May of 2013, Jodi Arias, 34, was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, 30. The first jury determined that the murder was committed in a cruel manner (aggravating factor making her eligible for a death sentence), but could not agree on whether Jodi Arias should receive a sentence of life or death.

A mistrial was declared for the sentencing proceeding. The state of Arizona decided not to drop their pursuit of the death penalty resulting in a second sentencing proceeding. Had the state dropped the death penalty Arias would have automatically been sentenced to either life with or without parole. The second jury was impaneled in October of 2014. The jury received the case for deliberation last Wednesday and began their deliberations on Thursday. There was no court on Friday and they returned to deliberations on Monday and Tuesday, when they reached the impasse.

Today, marks the fourth day of deliberations. If they are unable to reach a unanimous verdict, Arizona state law says that the death penalty will be dropped and Arias will be sentenced by the judge to either life with or without parole.


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