|Jodi Arias responds in court on May 23, 2013|
Not one member from Arias' family was in the court house at the time the verdict was announced.
Jodi Arias' close friend Donovan Bering operates many of Arias' extra-curricular activities, such as her Twitter feed and speaking on Arias' behalf in interviews when Arias' can't do so herself. Bering also made the media rounds to explain why Jodi Arias' family was not in the court room.
According to Bering it was a mistake and the family had been told the jurors returned to the Maricopa County Superior Court for a question, not to render a verdict.
Interestingly, no one from Jodi Arias' family stood up before the jury and begged mercy for the woman deemed most hated in America.
As more details are learned about the jurors, it appears that 8 were for death and 4 for life. This is the current report, but hasn't been 100% confirmed by jury members. Whatever the figure, it is apparent that even though no one besides Jodi Arias and her attorney Jennifer Willmott asked to spare the 32-year-old's life, someone decided for whatever reason not to put her to death.
Could it be that they believed one of the 8 mitigating factors that Jodi Arias claims not to have had the support from her family growing up that she needed?
Some might wonder if she truly has support from her family now, or if they were content to see her put to death.
Nancy Grace spoke to Donovan Bering who explained on behalf of the family why they weren't there. You may see that video below.