Three people who were jurors on the Jodi Arias Arizona murder trial are speaking out about their experience, with one saying he believes Arias is dying whether she’s sentenced to death or not, according to a May 26, 2013 WFJA report.
After convicting Arias of the first-degree murder on May 8 for the 2008 killing of her former lover Travis Alexander, the same jury announced on May 22 it was deadlocked regarding a decision whether she should serve life behind bars or be put to death for the crime. This prompted Judge Sherry Stephens to instruct them to try and resolve their disagreement and come to a decision. They failed to do so and on May 23, a mistrial was declared.
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Diane Schwartz, who was Juror No. 6, told ABC News, “We can’t come to a decision, and it was gut-wrenching. It was absolutely awful.”
She also said she believed the jury had “failed the system,” and as they walked out, she looked at the prosecution table and told them she “was very sorry.”
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Juror Kevin Spellman also spoke to ABC, saying being on the jury was “a very trying experience… How do you weigh a person’s life?” he asked.
Spellman added that despite the jury’s failure to reach a unanimous verdict regarding Arias’ sentencing, he believes she is nonetheless dying. “She is sentenced to death no matter what,” he told ABC.
Another juror, Marilou Allen-Coogan, also spoke to the major media news outlet, stating, “Based on what we saw and the evidence presented, it was very apparent that we weren’t being told the truth in a lot of the matters, and there was a lot of cover-up.”
She continued by saying, “The state proved their case. It was premeditated.”
Under Arizona law, a new jury may now be seated to decide Arias’ fate. If that jury cannot come to a decision, the judge would then sentence Arias to life in prison or to be eligible for release after serving 25 years—but cannot sentence her to death.
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Officials have announced that a status conference regarding Arias’ case is scheduled for June 20. In addition, Judge Stephens noted that if a retrial takes place, it will begin on July 18.
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