The Jodi Arias trial has continued to increase in tension on Wednesday as the jury was left deadlocked, unable to come to a conclusion about what sentence the convicted murderer should be given. The jury will recommence its deliberations on Thursday with most analysts expecting a decision to be made today, or an announcement that they are at a permanent impasse.
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The jury is trying to decide whether to sentence Arias to the death penalty or whether to recommend a life sentence instead.
However, on Wednesday after about two and a half hours together they were unable to come to a conclusion. For the death penalty they must agree unanimously. Judge Sherry Stephens insisted that they keep trying, and asked them to try and find the areas they disagreed upon and work at those.
However, by the end of Wednesday they were still at a deadlock with no unanimous decision in sight. They will now reconvene on Thursday.
If they are still unable to reach a unanimous decision today a number of things could ultimately happen. The prosecution could agree to take the death penalty off the table and instead push for a life sentence only.
If that does not happen then the judge could dismiss this jury and announce a mistrial for this final penalty phase. In that case a new jury would have to be drafted in, but that would come at huge expense and time as they would have to be taken through all the evidence again.
If that second jury was also deadlocked the judge would then decide whether Arias should be given life in prison or whether she should be eligible for release after 25 years in prison.