Jodi Arias will not get the death penalty after Thursday’s deadlocked jury resulted in that option being taken off the table.
Jodi Arias will now await a judges decision to give her life in prison without parole or to give her prison time with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
The jury voted 11-1 to give Jodi Arias the death penalty. Jurors tried to have the one juror that voted against the death penalty replaced because she had a perceived conflict of interest.
Her husband was apparently prosecuted by the same attorney that prosecuted Jodi Arias, she told them up front that she was against the death penalty for anyone, and she had also admitted to watching a cable TV movie about the case.
The judge denied the other jurors’ request to replace her, and told them to keep at it.
The sole juror who held out now has police protection because her name was posted on a Twitter account that also posted sympathetic comments about Jodi Arias’ victim, Travis Alexander.
After that, the names of the 11 jurors who voted to sentence Jodi Arias to death were posted on a pro-Arias website.
Arizona law prohibits naming jurors in any case, and it isn’t known how the leaks happened, but they appeared online after jurors expressed their frustration about the holdout. Some of the jurors were nervous about their identities being out there.
Juror Emily Cova said she was relieved to hear that police were looking into how the leak happened.
“I was a little nervous last night. But I’m feeling better now,” said Cova, who agreed to be named.
As for Jodi Arias, after her testimony is complete, she will begin her sentence in a 12×7 foot cell in a maximum-security unit at the Perryville prison for women. That prison is located 30 miles west of downtown Phoenix.
If she has good behavior, she could possibly be moved to a medium-security unit.
Jodi Arias will find out on April 13th whether or not she will ever have the option of parole.
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