Jodi Arias Gets One More Little Trial After Hung Death Penalty Jury

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The Jodi Arias case just keeps getting stranger: After her unusual plea to jurors last week to spare her productive life (which followed an equally unusual statement that she would "prefer to die sooner than later") the convicted murderer did get a break, of sorts, when the jury deadlocked on whether or not to sentence Arias to death. That doesn't mean she's been spared completely. Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial in the penalty phase on Thursday. But unlike in most states, where that would take the death penalty off the table, Arizona allows for a second penalty trial, with a new jury, which prosecutors have said they will pursue. A prosecutor's spokesman called it "a shorter version of the original trial." It's Nancy Grace's dream come true.