Juror in Jodi Arias trial explains her vote
CREATED May. 26, 2013
PHOENIX (AP) - A juror in the Jodi Arias trial says she spent a lot of time soul searching before she voted for the death penalty.
The jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder on May 8 in the death of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008, but couldn't reach a decision Thursday on whether she should live or die.
A judge declared a mistrial and set a July 18 date to empanel a new jury and reconsider the penalty stage of the trial.
Juror Diane Schwartz was seen mouthing "I'm sorry" to Alexander's family as she and the other jurors left the courtroom Thursday.
The Arizona Republic quotes Schwartz as saying she was sorry that the jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision, to bring closure for the Alexander and Arias families.
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