After six grueling days of waiting, the jury in the Jodi Arias trial final came back with a verdict – hung jury. In 2013, Arias was convicted of the brutal murder of her on and off-again boyfriend, Travis Alexander. While found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting, stabbing, and nearly decapitating Alexander, the jury in the first trial was also hung, unable to decide on death or life in prison.
The family waited almost six months to see if a second jury could make a decision as to Arias’ fate but again, votes were deadlocked. After the reading of the verdict, members of the Alexander family physically doubled over while sobbing. In comparison, Arias was seen smiling at and hugging her defense attorney.
Throughout the past seven years, Arias has manipulated everyone she comes in contact with to include those within the prison system and Judge Stephens herself who précised over the case. After the verdict, she continued her manipulated ways by requesting an extension on sentencing, to which prosecutor Juan Martinez strongly objected.
The sentencing of Arias will take place on April 13 at which time Judge Stephens will impose life in prison without the chance of parole or life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
Stephens has been criticized throughout the case, with many people believing she did the Alexander family a disservice by allowing an almost circus like environment to develop and continue. Although millions of people are disappointed that Arias did not receive the death penalty, they hope the judge will make the right call in giving her live without parole.
The Arias trial has been one of the biggest in recent history, not only because of the level of brutality done to Travis but her behavior of arrogance and entitlement. The bottom line, the death penalty is officially off the table and now, everyone must wait to see how Arias will ultimately spend the remainder of her life.