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Mistrial in life-or-death phase for US killing

 Jodi Arias stands as the jury enters the courtroom on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superio...

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Jodi Arias stands as the jury enters the courtroom on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superio...

The judge in a murder trial that riveted many Americans with its details of sex and violence declared a mistrial in the life-or-death penalty phase after the jury said it couldn't come to a decision.
The judge on Thursday scheduled a retrial for July 18 in the case of Jodi Arias, convicted of first-degree murder for killing her boyfriend in 2008.
Travis Alexander was stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times and nearly decapitated at his home. The jury determined the killing was cruel enough to merit consideration of the death penalty.
Her trial was streamed live on the Internet and became a real-life soap opera to people around the globe.
If a new jury cannot reach a unanimous decision, the judge would sentence Arias to spend her entire life in prison or be eligible for release after 25 years. The judge cannot sentence Arias to death.
The verdict came two days after Arias spoke directly to jurors and pleaded for her life. She said she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter after her conviction that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.
Arias, 32, contends she killed Alexander in self-defense when he became enraged after a day of sex, forcing her to fight for her life. Prosecutors say she attacked him in a jealous rage because he wanted to end their relationship and go to Mexico with another woman.
Her case became a sensation from the beginning as Arias gave a series of jailhouse interviews following her arrest in which she blamed the killing on armed, masked intruders.
The case provided endless amounts of cable TV and tabloid material, including a recorded phone sex call between Arias and the victim, nude photos and bloody crime-scene pictures.


Updated : 2021-07-25 18:48 GMT+08:00