On May 24, 2013, the Jodi Arias jury foreman spoke out saying it was difficult to make a decision about her fate because she was not “Jeffrey Dahmer or Charles Manson,” according to the Huffington Post.
William Zervakos was the foreman of the Arizona jury that on May 8 convicted Arias of first-degree murder, but deadlocked when it came to whether she should receive life in prison or be sentenced to death. He told the Associated Press the jurors could not come to a unanimous verdict regarding Arias’ punishment because the system is flawed and this was not a case involving a killer like “Jeffrey Dahmer or Charles Manson.”
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He added, “It was a brutal no-win situation” that was “unfair” because the jury was made up of “mere mortals” who are not attorneys familiar with interpreting the law.
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Zervakos, 69, also said the hardest part of the trial was hearing the emotional statements made during the penalty phase of the trial by the family of murdered man, Travis Alexander, whose siblings told the jury how their lives were destroyed by his death. In the end, Zervakos noted, “This wasn’t about them,” but was about whether someone was going to be put to death or sentenced to life behind bars.
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He stated that both Alexander’s and Arias’ families were caught in the middle of this terrible situation.
Arias admitted to the 2008 killing of Alexander, her former lover, but claims it was done in self defense after he attacked her. Alexander died after being stabbed 27 times, having his throat slit from ear-to-ear, and being shot in the head.
On Wednesday, jurors announced they were deadlocked after several hours of deliberation, prompting Judge Sherry Stephens to instruct them to try and resolve their disagreement and come to a decision. They failed to reach an agreement regarding Arias’ fate and on Thursday, a mistrial was declared.
According to the Indy Star, if the jury is unable to come to resolve its issues and fails to reach a unanimous verdict, under Arizona law a new jury would 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.
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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