Jodi Arias was recently found guilty of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, but now a jury cannot come to an agreement on whether the 32-year-old should be sentenced to life in prison, or death.
The jury in the Arias murder trial began deliberating the convicted murderer’s fate on Tuesday, but sent a note to Judge Sherry Stephens saying that they could not come to a unanimous decision, reports ABC News.
“Each juror has a duty to consult with one another, to try to reach agreement without violence to individual judgment,” Stephens told the jurors. “You may want to identify areas of agreement and disagreement. If you still disagree, you may wish to tell the attorneys and me what issues, questions or law or facts on which we can possibly help. At this time please go back to the jury room and continue deliberating.”
If the jury still cannot come to an agreement, a second jury will be picked to take over the decision process. If a second jury cannot come to a decision, Arias will be sentenced by the judge to either life without parole or life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
The jury in the process of deciding Arias’ sentence has been on the case since the trial started in January. She was found guilty just two weeks ago, but still maintains that she murdered Alexander out of self-defense and not out of jealous rage.