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Life or death situation: Jodi Arias awaits jury’s decision

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2013 | 5:11 PM

PHOENIX (AP):



Deliberations resumed today in the Jodi Arias case.




The jury was expected to deliver a verdict, however, they have been unable to do so.



This comes a day after they reported they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or death.



Judge Sherry Stephens instructed them to keep trying.



The panel reported its impasse yesterday after only about two and a half hours of deliberations.



Judge Sherry Stephens told them to try to identify areas of agreement and disagreement as they work towards a decision.



The jury later adjourned for the day without a finding.



Deliberations began at about 9:45 a.m. today but, were interrupted about an hour and a half later when the jury brought a question to the court.



Attorneys conferred privately with the judge, and an answer was sent back to the panel.



The details of their question were not made public.



Under Arizona law, a hung jury in the death penalty phase of a trial requires a new jury to be seated to decide the punishment.



If the second jury cannot reach a unanimous decision, the judge would then sentence Arias to spend her entire life in prison or be eligible for release after 25 years.



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