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[UPDATE] Hung jury in Jodi Arias sentencing, removing death penalty as option

An Arizona jury failed to reach a verdict on Thursday in the sentencing trial of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his suburban Phoenix home back on June 4, 2008.

A judge set April 13 as the sentencing date after jurors remained divided on whether to sentence Arias to death or life in prison. As a result of the hung jury, Arias will not be sentenced to death, and a judge will decide whether to sentence her to life or to 25 years with the chance for parole.

Arias stabbed Alexander 30 times, slit his throat almost to the point of decapitation, and shot him in the forehead. At first, Arias claimed she had nothing to do with the murder, but later changed her story claiming she killed Alexander in self-defense.

She was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013.

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