New jury to decide Jodi Arias’ fate after mistrial

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By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

(CNN) — An Arizona judge declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial Thursday after a deadlocked jury said it couldn’t decide whether to sentence her to death for the murder of her ex-boyfriend.

That means a new jury will be chosen, but the first-degree murder conviction still stands.

A retrial for the penalty phase will begin on July 18, Judge Sherry Stephens said. A status conference has been scheduled for June 20.

Since Tuesday, jurors had been deliberating whether Arias, 32, should get a death sentence for murdering ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.

A source with knowledge of the jury’s vote said there was an 8-4 split in favor of sentencing Arias to death.

Jurors refused to talk to the media and immediately left the courtroom.

The hung jury brought to a close a dramatic chapter in a…

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