Thursday, May 23, 2013

Watch Jodi Arias trial May 22, 2013; Possible hung jury (videos)

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, the jury in the Jodi Arias trial returned to the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse to continue deliberating whether the convicted murderer would live or die. Many were surprised when several hours into the proceedings, court resumed as Judge Sherry Stephens announced she had received a note from the jury saying they couldn't reach a unanimous decision. Judge Stephens encouraged the jury to continue deliberating
and to see if they could work out their differences, or even identify potential areas that might be causing difficulty bringing the dramatic four month trial to a conclusion.
Jodi Arias listens as Judge Stephens issues instructions 

The jury returned to deliberate and after seven hours and 11 minutes, went home without reaching a verdict. Jodi Arias, 32, was found guilty on May 8, 2013, for the first-degree, murder of her lover Travis Alexander, 30, on June 4, 2008. The jury found reason to believe that aggravating factors were involved and because they determined Alexander's murder to be extremely cruel and caused tremendous fear and pain, Jodi Arias now faces the death penalty. If
Travis Alexander's siblings become emotional  on May 22, 2013
the jury fails to reach a verdict and becomes hung, Judge Stephens will be faced with finding a new jury to address the penalty phase portion of Jodi Arias' trial.

The jury left the courthouse at 7:30 p.m., ET and will return to continue deliberating, or possibly to announce yet again they are hung, on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 1 p.m., ET.

What do you think about jury deliberations? Do you think Jodi Arias should receive the death penalty for murdering Travis Alexander?

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