After five days of deliberations, an Arizona jury gave up trying to reach a unanimous decision on whether Jodi Arias, 34, should be sentenced to death or to life in prison for the 2008 murder of her lover, Travis Alexander. The jury deadlocked 11 to one in favor of death, with one female juror refusing to change her vote for life, reports the Arizona Republic. Though the pro-death jurors tried to have the holdout removed, Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial.
Arias will be sentenced to life in prison. Under state law, she cannot be put on trial a third time to try to secure a death sentence. On April 13, Stephens will decide whether Arias will be eligible for release in 25 years. One of the victim’s sisters said, “Her justice will be in the afterlife when Jodi burns in hell.” Jurors said the holdout juror had been influenced by a highly fictionalized television movie about the murder and discussed it during deliberations. “I think she had her mind made up from the beginning,” one juror said. Alexander, 30, was found dead in the bathroom of his home in 2008. He had been shot in the head, stabbed nearly 30 times, and his throat was cut from ear to ear. His body sat curled in a bathroom shower for five days before it was discovered by friends.