Just last year, Arizona woman Jodi Arias was found guilty of the first-degree murder of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander. At the time, jurors failed to reach a decision on how to sentence her. On May 16, 2014, Arias will be back in court for a second sentencing hearing, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
On May 23, 2013, a mistrial was declared during the penalty phase of Arias’ murder trial because the jury that found her guilty of Alexander’s slaying could not reach a unanimous verdict on how she should be punished for the crime. Only three months ago, on Feb. 7, 2014, an Arizona judge ruled Arias, 33, could still face the death penalty for the murder.
Maricopa Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens noted in court papers that Arias had not been acquitted of killing Alexander just because the jury could not reach a verdict, indicating retrying the penalty phase is thoroughly constitutional, reports WKZO. If a second jury also fails to come to a unanimous verdict regarding Arias’ punishment, under Arizona law, a judge would then be required to sentence her to either life in prison, or life with the possibility of parole after she’s served 25 years behind bars, according to WKZO.
Prosecutors argue that Arias murdered Alexander, 30, in 2008 by shooting him in the head with a gun police say she stole from her grandmother. Authorities also indicate that Arias slashed Alexander’s throat, and stabbed him 27 times. After police recovered a camera memory card with images that appeared to include Arias dragging Alexander’s lifeless body along the floor, she admitted to killing him, arguing she did so in self-defense.
In June 2013, the Lifetime cable network premiered a film based on Arias’ trial entitled “Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret.” “Lost” and “Switched at Birth” actress Tania Ramonde played Arias, while Jesse Lee Soffer who starred in Fox’s short-lived series “The Mob Doctor” portrayed Alexander.