The judge in the Jodi Arias murder trial declared a mistrial in the
penalty phase Thursday after the jury reported for a second time that it was
deadlocked on whether to sentence her to life in prison or death for killing her
boyfriend in 2008.
The judge scheduled a retrial for July 18. A new panel likely will be seated to try again to reach a decision on a sentence -- unless the prosecutor takes death off the table and agrees to a life sentence.
The panel began deliberating Tuesday and first reported it had failed to agree the next day. The judge instructed jurors to keep trying.
The same panel on May 8 found Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Travis Alexander, who was stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times and nearly decapitated at his Mesa home.
The jury later determined the killing was cruel enough to merit consideration of the death penalty.
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