Authorities are providing security to the lone juror who voted to spare Jodi Arias’ life.  No threats have been currently made against the 12 jurors, but the long holdout requested security after her identity was revealed on social media.  Prosecutors are currently investigating allegations that the holdout’s husband was prosecuted by Juan Martinez previously.  In 2013, Jodi Arias’ salacious trial became a global sensation and media circus.  She was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, but the jury could not agree on the punishment.  The first jury split 8-4 in favor of death.

Prosecutors say that Arias killed Travis Alexander, her ex-boyfriend, because he broke off their “on again, off again” relationship to go on a trip to Mexico with one of his love interests.

Before the mistrial was declared, the jury sent two notes to the judge.  One told the judge that they could not reach a consensus and in a shocking development, the jurors actually requested that the juror that disagreed with them on the appropriate punishment be removed and replaced with an alternate.  They told the judge they believed the juror was biased.  With no evidence of bias, the judge declined to replace the juror.  Instead, the judge read the “impasse instruction” and sent the jury back to deliberate some more.

In the end, the jury split 11-1 in favor of death.  After the mistrial was declared, some of the jurors who favored the death penalty spoke to the media implying that the juror who wanted to sentence Arias to death didn’t support the death penalty and should never have been impaneled.

The judge has set a sentencing date of April 13th.  According to Arizona law, there will be no third sentencing.  The death penalty will not be considered as a possible punishment.  Judge Sherry Stephens will decide on that date whether to sentence Arias to life with or without parole.

Arizona law prohibits the release of juror names.  Somehow the identity of the holdout juror was leaked on Twitter after the other jurors publicly expressed frustrations over deliberations.  One of the jurors said that they were relieved the authorities were looking into the leak.  Aaron Nash, a spokesman for the clerk of Maricopa County Superior Court, said no member of the clerk’s staff reported being approached by anyone seeking the names of jurors.

“The office’s primary concerns are the safety and privacy of these individuals who responded to this difficult and lengthy call to public service,” Nash said in a statement.

The jurors who favored the death penalty stated that they felt as though the defense gave them an inaccurate portrayal of Alexander and that Arias lacked remorse for her crime.

One of the jurors said that he became angry at the holdout juror during deliberations after she stated that in this case, the death penalty was being used as a form of revenge.  The jurors who wanted to give Arias the death penalty apologized to the Alexander family for the deadlock. The jury deliberated for 26 hours over 5 days.  At the beginning of the deliberations, the vote was split 6-6, but eventually, they got stuck on 11-1.

Prosecutors said they don’t regret trying again to sentence Arias to death, “Regret is a place in the past I can’t afford to live in,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said.

The family of Alexander released a statement on Friday, “[We] are saddened by the jury’s inability to reach a decision on the death penalty, however, we understand the difficulty of the decision, and have nothing but respect for the jury’s time.”

Lead defense attorney Kirk Nurmi said Alexander’s death was a tragedy and that “no verdict” could change that.


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