The jury deciding convicted murderer Jodi Arias’ fate said Thursday it couldn’t reach a decision on her punishment.
The “non-unanimous agreement” verdict was reached in a Phoenix courtroom by the same jury of eight men and four women that convicted Arias earlier this month of first-degree murder. The jury deliberated for more than 13 hours after a three-day penalty phase.
Under Arizona law, a new jury will be selected — reportedly on July 18 — to decide whether Arias should be put to death or serve life in prison. If the second panel can’t reach a unanimous verdict, the judge will have to decide whether to put her in prison for life or make her eligible for parole in 25 years.
The judge couldn’t sentence Arias to death.
After the hung jury was announced, some jurors were crying. One appeared to mouth, “I’m sorry,” to Travis Alexander’s family in the courtroom gallery.
Arias, 32, was convicted of stabbing Alexander, her ex-boyfriend, nearly 30 times, shooting him in the head and cutting his throat inside his Mesa, Ariz., home in 2008. The verdict, reached after more than 15 hours of deliberations, was a clear rejection of…