Mistrial: Jodi Arias escapes death penalty after second jury can’t agree on sentence

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (NBC News) – For the second time, Jodi Arias has escaped the death penalty.

In 2013, Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal death of her lover, Travis Alexander.

In 2008, Alexander was found dead in the bathroom of his home.

He had been shot in the head, stabbed nearly 30 times and his throat was slit.

Officials say his body was inside the home for five days before it was discovered by friends.

On Thursday, a jury failed to agree on a sentence for the murder.

“In my assessment, we are hung, and additional time will not change this,” a note from the foreperson for the jury read.

It was the second time that a jury charged to decide whether Arias should die or serve life in prison could not come to a decision.

Since it was the second time a jury was deadlocked in the penalty phase, the death penalty is off the table.

Now, the judge will decide Arias’ fate on April 13.

The judge will decide whether Arias will be sentenced to life in prison or life with the possibility of release after 25 years.

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