Jury at Jodi Arias sentencing retrial trial goes home without delivering decision

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PHOENIX — Jurors at the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial have gone home without deciding whether the convicted murderer should be sentenced to death or life in prison for killing her lover.

The panel ended its fifth day of deliberations on Wednesday and will return Thursday.

Arias was convicted of murder in 2013 after a lengthy trial that became a sensation with its tawdry revelations about her relationship with victim Travis Alexander and the brutal way he was killed. That jury deadlocked on her punishment.

A judge on Tuesday told the current jury to keep deliberating after a defense attorney said the panel had reached an impasse.

If jurors can't decide on a sentence, the death penalty would be removed as an option and the judge would decide if Arias serves life in prison or gets a chance for release after 25 years.

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