After a judge determined that Jodi was eligible to receive the death penalty, there was high drama as court reconvened to decide what exactly her punishment would be.
On May 22, the jury was unable to reach a decision in the sentencing of Jodi Arias, 32. The judge sent them back to deliberate in hopes of some sort of resolution.
Jodi Arias: Jury Unable To Reach Unanimous Verdict
On May 19, the jury had decided that Jodi should be eligible for the death penalty, because her crimes were deemed “exceptionally cruel.” It’s hard to argue against that, as Jodi was convicted for stabbing her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, 27 times, shooting him, and slitting his throat on June 4, 2008.
Jodi Arias Begs For The Death Penalty
Jodi was originally hoping for the death penalty. In fact, twenty minutes after Jodi was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 8, she actually told Phoeniz, Arizona’s FOX affiliate that she preferred the death penalty. She begged for it.
“The worst outcome for me would be natural life,” Jodi revealed. “I said years ago that I’d rather get death than life, and that still is true today.”
“I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I’d rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it,” Jodi added.
Surprisingly, on May 21, Jodi changed her stance and asked to be granted life in prison.
The Jury Does Not Come To A Unanimous Decision: What’s Next
The judge sent the jury back to deliberate. If they are unable to make a unanimous decision, a new jury will be selected. If this happens again, with the new jury, the death penalty option for Jodi will be taken off the table and the judge will determine the sentencing. In that case, Jodi will either be granted choice of life with the possibility of parole or natural life.
What do YOU think the jury should decide?
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