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Jodi Arias Verdict: Escaped Death Penalty Again With Second Mistrial

Thu, March 5, 2015 1:56pm EDT by Lauren Cox 32 Comments

Convicted killer Jodi Arias has once again dodged the death penalty after a second jury could not come to a decision on whether or not she deserves the fatal sentencing.

Jodi Arias, 24, remains without a sentence yet again after a second jury in Phoenix, Arizona could not come to a unanimous decision on giving her the death penalty for the murder of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008. Jodi was convicted in May 2013 for the heinous murder, in which she slit Travis’ throat, stabbed him multiple times, and also shot him. Now, his devastated family is forced to wait even longer for justice to be served.

Jodi Arias Verdict: Dodges Death Penalty A Second Time

Wow. It is truly shocking to hear that a second jury was not able to decide whether or not Jodi deserved the death penalty for murdering her ex-boyfriend.

In court on Thursday morning, an Arizona judge declared a mistrial in Jodi’s sentencing case which has remained open since she was found guilty in May 2013, reports ABC News. This must be incredibly difficult for the family of her murdered ex, Travis, who desperately await an ending to this tragic story.

Interestingly enough, Jodi took the stand to testify for 18 days in the original hearings for her first sentencing — but she did not testify once the second time around. The jury deliberated for six days in total after receiving the sentencing case on Feb. 27 and hearing a desperate plea for “mercy” from Jodi’s defense, reports CBS News.

Jodi’s Death Sentence: Now A Judge’s Decision

Now it will be up to the judge to decide what happens to Jodi, as Arizona state law declares that the prosecution does not get a third chance to present the case to a third jury. It is unclear how long he has to make that difficult decision, so please follow for further updates.

Our thoughts remain with Travis’ family and friends during this difficult time. Hopefully, they find peace in whatever decision the judge makes for Jodi.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — What are your thoughts on this case? Do you think Jodi deserves the death penalty? Are you surprised the jury is hung for a second time? Comment below.

— Lauren Cox