Jodi Arias: Jury Returns to Deliberate on Life or Death

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Jodi Arias knows her life hangs in the decision of a jury, and that jury returned to deliberations just a few minutes ago. Those jurors left the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse in Arizona on Thursday, without having reached a decision. Will it come today?

A mistrial was declared during the 2103 sentencing phase for Jodi Arias, when that jury couldn't decide whether she should spend the rest of her life in prison or be sentenced to death for the murder of her on-again, off-again boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias was convicted of killing him by stabbing him many times, shooting him, and slitting his throat--almost to the point of decapitation.

If the jury deadlocks during the present deliberations, it will be up to a judge to decide the fate of Jodi Arias, however the death penalty will be taken off the proverbial table. A decision will be made by Judge Sherry Stephens as to whether Jodi Arias will spend the rest of her life in prison, or be eligible for parole after serving 25 years instead.

Jodi Arias passed up her opportunity to address the jury prior to the start of deliberations on Wednesday. She made it clear she had things she wanted to say, but wanted the courtroom cleared before she said them. The judge said that wasn't allowed, reminding everyone that an appeals court had forbidden Arias from making any comments behind closed doors.

On Thursday it was expected that the jury would deliberate for a few more days, meaning it's unlikely they will reach a decision on Monday.

Do you think the jury will sentence Jodi Arias to death or will she spend the rest of her life in prison instead?

Is it even remotely possible that the jury in this Jodi Arias sentencing phase will be deadlocked, too?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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