05/22/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Phoenix – The jury deciding whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will receive the death penalty were in a deadlock on Wednesday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), jurors were instructed by the judge to keep deliberating despite being unable to reach a verdict unanimously.
Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of her former boyfriend. Judge Sherry Stephens told jurors in the penalty phase of the case to determine points on which they agree or disagree and try to reach a decision.
In accordance with Arizona law, if there is a hung jury in the death penalty phase of a trial a new one must be selected to determine the sentence.
Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is quoted by the AP as stating of the outcome if there remains a hung jury in the case, “If that happens, this jury would be dismissed and a second jury would be impaneled, and you’d literally have to go through the whole case again.”
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