In May 2013, an Arizona jury found Jody Arias guilty of the 2008 murder of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander. Convicted of first-degree murder, Arias received a sentence of life imprisonment in 2015.
During Arias' sentencing, the judge declared a mistrial due to the inability of a jury to unanimously agree on a sentence for Arias. Reports indicated that 11 of the 12 jurors repeatedly voted to sentence Arias to death, while the remaining juror refused to do so. This 2015 sentencing hearing followed the original sentencing hearing in which another jury was unable to reach unanimity regarding the sentence Arias should receive. Arizona law prohibited prosecutors from seeking the death penalty a third time.