After about 26 1/2 hours of deliberations, the Jodi Arias Jury is ready to share the outcome of all of their hard work. The folks who have been following this trial in the court room are all hopeful that an actual verdict has been reached one way or another. While I certainly hope that is true, once the jury announced they were hung on Tuesday, it was clear to me that the second sentencing trial would end the same way as the first. Trying to get 12 people to agree to the same sentence on this case seemed like an endeavor unlikely to result in unanimity.
If the jury returns and says they are hung, then there will be no sentencing today. It seems that the attorneys will have an opportunity to make their cases to Judge Stephens concerning whether or not Jodi should be eligible for release in 25 years. That will not happen today. That will happen in a few weeks, the time frame varies depending on who is reporting. Hopefully it will only be a couple of weeks. The judge has up to 30 days to rule.
HLN is pumping this up. Nancy Grace is on HLN being Nancy Grace. We had to wait for the alternate jurors, and for Jodi Arias. Jodi Arias’s mother has been so stoic. She if finally breaking down.
Jury is coming in. Lots of sniffling in the courtroom. Very tense moments as jury files in. Two jury questions. The jury is hung. Some jurors want to be dismissed if they cannot give their decision as being hung. No votes have changed since last Thursday. The judge keeps calling these juror questions. They are not questions. They are pleas from the jury to let them stop deliberating needlessly. The judge declares a mistrial. The defense asks for the full 30 days before sentencing. A sentencing date is set for April 13th. The defense wants to drag this out as long as possible. The Alexander sisters are sobbing hysterically. Jodi shows little emotion. Jodi says that she does not want to participate in a pre-sentencing interview with the court. When the judge asks if she is waiving her right to an interview, she says “Yes!” very loudly.
So the death penalty is not an option. Life in prison it is. Jodi will be able to stay in jail for another month before she reports Perryville.