What happened in the trial of Jodi Arias?


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The murder trial of Jodi Arias ended with her conviction of first-degree murder, but the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict in the penalty phase. A sentencing retrial ended in a hung jury, and Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Arias to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Jodi Arias was charged with the first-degree murder of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, which occurred on June 4, 2008. He was stabbed multiple times and shot in the head as he showered in his home. His throat was slashed, and he had defensive wounds on his hands. Arias was arrested in July of that same year.

Jodi Arias gave several accounts to the police, including self-defense. She remained in jail until her trial, which began in December of 2012. On Feb. 4, 2013, Arias took the stand in her own defense and testified for 18 days. She said she had dropped Alexander's camera, enraging him and causing her to have to defend her life. This story was the third account she had given police.

Though three jurors were dismissed during the trial, the jury reached a guilty verdict on May 8, 2013. A member of the first jury said their inability to reach a penalty was due to the belief that there may have been mitigating factors in the murder. A second jury deadlocked at 11 to one in favor of the death penalty. By Arizona law, the judge then sentenced Arias to life in prison and chose to deny possibility of parole.

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