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Jodi Arias won't be sentenced to death after jury deadlocks

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PHOENIX (AP) - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has been spared the death penalty after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008.

The decision in a Phoenix courtroom Thursday means the judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Family members of victim Travis Alexander wept when the judge announced that jurors couldn't reach a decision after deliberating for about 26 hours over five days.

Arias' 2013 trial became a sensation with its tawdry revelations about her relationship with Alexander and that she shot him in the head and slit his throat so deeply that he was nearly decapitated.

Jodi Arias' lawyer: Mistrial won't change sadness of killing

PHOENIX (AP) - The lead defense lawyer for convicted murderer Jodi Arias says jurors failing to reach a unanimous verdict in his client's sentencing retrial won't change the sadness from the 2008 killing.

Attorney Kirk Nurmi spoke outside a Phoenix courthouse where a mistrial was declared Thursday after the jury deadlocked. That means Arias avoids a possible death sentence and instead faces life in prison.

Nurmi called the killing a "tragedy" and said he hoped the outcome could allow victim Travis Alexander's family and friends to begin to reach closure. He declined to answer reporters' questions.

Alexander's brothers and sisters said in a statement that they were saddened by the jury's inability to reach a decision on the death penalty.

However, they said they understand the difficulty of the decision.

Prosecutors don't regret seeking Arias death penalty again

PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors in the Jodi Arias case say they don't regret trying again to send the convicted murderer to death row after jurors deadlocked on her punishment for a second time.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery told reporters Thursday that "regret is a place in the past I can't afford to live in." He decided to seek the death penalty a second time in Arias' sentencing retrial, which began in October after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict at her first trial.

Because jurors deadlocked on her punishment again Thursday, Arias avoids a possible death sentence and instead faces life in prison.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez, who argued the case, says he would accept the decision. He says sometimes the outcome is "what the system provides you."

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