crimes and misdemeanors

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

Convicted killer Jodi Arias thinks about a question asked during an interview at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Phoenix. Arias was convicted recently of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home back in 2008, and could face the possibility of the death penalty as the sentencing phase of her trial continues. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Photo: Ross D. Franklin

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.

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