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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