No Death Penalty for Jodi Arias: Judge Alex Criticizes Prosecutors' 'Huge Longshot'
The possibility of a death sentence in the Jodi Arias case was taken off the table Thursday after a jury couldn't decide whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or death for killing her boyfriend almost seven years ago.
A mistrial was declared by the judge, who will sentence Arias to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.
Fox News reported:
The jurors deliberated for 26.5 hours over a five-day span. Earlier this week, Arias' attorneys said jurors were at an impasse, but the judge denied a mistrial request. A verdict does not rule out the possibility of a hung jury.
Arias was convicted of murder in 2013 after a lengthy trial that became a sensation with its tawdry revelations about her relationship with victim Travis Alexander.
Arias stabbed and slashed Alexander nearly 30 times, slit his throat so deeply that she nearly decapitated him, and shot him in the forehead. She left his body in his shower at his suburban Phoenix home where friends found him about five days later.
She initially denied having anything to do with the killing. She later admitted that she killed Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors said it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.
That jury deadlocked on her punishment, prompting the sentencing retrial that began in October.
Judge Alex Ferrer weighed in on "Outnumbered," criticizing the decision by the prosecution to have a second trial against Arias.
"This case should not have lasted anywhere near five and a half months," Ferrer said. "The idea that you're going to retry it in front of a jury who didn't hear any of that, and hope to get the death penalty? I thought was a huge longshot."
Ferrer said usually, based on his experience, juries do not like to sentence women to death row.
Watch the video above to hear more from Ferrer on "Outnumbered."