Jurors deadlocked: American Jodi Arias spared death penalty
Convicted murderer Jodi Arias was spared the death penalty today after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008.
The decision means the judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.
Family members of victim Travis Alexander wept when the judge announced that jurors couldn't reach a decision after deliberating for about 26 hours over five days.
The family sobbed as they left the courtroom, with one covering her eyes as she walked out.
Arias' mother, Sandra, received a hug from a friend moments after the verdict was read.
Alexander's family didn't talk to reporters but attorney Jay Beckstead issued a statement from Alexander's brothers and sisters that they "are saddened by the jury's inability to reach a decision on the death penalty, however, we understand the difficulty of the decision, and have nothing but respect for the jury's time."
The siblings said they appreciated the outpouring of support from the public, but requested privacy.