The Jodi Arias trial jury is in a deadlock. Jurors have been deliberating over whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be sentenced to life or death, and told the judge they have been unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The judge sent jurors back to deliberate some more, telling them to identify areas of agreement and disagreement while working towards a decision.
The jury reported its difficulty reaching a decision just about two and a half hours after deliberations began Tuesday afternoon. Under Arizona law, hung juries in the penalty phase of trials require that a new jury be seated to determine the punishment.
The Jodi Arias jury has already convicted Jodi Arias of first-degree murder for the brutal slaying of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, and in the following aggravation phase of the trial the jury determined that Arias is eligible for the death penalty. In the final penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial, the jury heard emotional statements from the victim's family members and aggressive arguments from prosecutor Juan Martinez, who argued that the gruesome murder called for the death penalty.
Jurors began to deliberate Tuesday after Arias addressed the court in the penalty phase of the trial, asking for a life sentence rather than the death penalty. Arias told jurors she would use her years in prison to bring positive change to the world by donating her hair to charity organization Locks of Love and starting a recycling program at prison. Arias also said she would raise money for victims of domestic abuse.
Arias spoke to the media in a series of jailhouse interviews Tuesday night mere hours after the jury began deliberating her sentence. She revealed her thoughts on the trial, disagreements with her legal team, and her conviction that she "deserves a second chance at freedom someday."
Arias said her lawyers let her down by not calling more character witnesses to testify on her behalf, claiming that there were others who could support her claims that she was a victim of Travis Alexander's abuse. A character witness was scheduled to testify for the defense on Monday, but pulled out at the last minute.
Mere hours after Jodi Arias pleaded for her life in front of the jury, her interview with ABC News revealed that she may not have much faith in their ability to judge her.
"I feel a little betrayed by them," Arias said. "I don't dislike them. I just was really hoping that they would see things for what they are. And I don't feel that they did."
Perhaps Arias has the sense that the jury may have been underwhelmed by her remarks in court Tuesday. Though Arias was poised and confident in her presentation, which included a slideshow of childhood photos of Arias and regretful remarks on the pain the trial has caused the families of both Arias and Alexander, she didn't express the remorse that observers may have anticipated from a convicted killer whose fate was about to decided. In fact, she never explicitly apologized to Travis Alexander for the killing.
"I think in a sense, the words, 'I'm sorry,' just seemed meaningless, especially since nobody believes what I'm saying anyway,'" Arias said. She added, "I think people believe that because I lied everything that comes out of my mouth is a lie. Which is unfortunate, because, if that were the case, then that would be true for everyone. Because I don't know somebody that's never lied."