Jurors reached a verdict in the Jodi Arias trial today. According to ABC News, the verdict will be read shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, and there will be live stream coverage online once the jury enters the courtroom.
UPDATE: Verdict was read at 12:12 p.m. by the judge presiding over the case.
“The status is unchanged as of this morning.”
The court declared a mistrial and sentencing is set for April 13, 2015.
— Nancy Grace (@NancyGraceHLN) March 5, 2015
According to Nancy Grace from HLN, alternate jurors did not arrive until shortly before noon, so the reading was delayed, but should take place before 12:30 p.m.
There has been a verdict watch in this controversial case all week while jurors deliberated whether or not to sentence Arias to death or life in prison for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.
There are several options for watching the delivery of the Jodi Arias verdict on Thursday morning. ABC 15 in Arizona will have live coverage on ABC15.com/live. In addition, FOX 10 in Phoenix will be offering free live stream as well, starting shortly before 11:30 a.m. ET.
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) March 5, 2015
Radar Online reports that jurors have spent more than 26 hours deliberating, with four months of testimony to cover. There has been much speculation of a possible hung jury in the case, with trial watchers on high alert this week as they awaited the final outcome of this well-publicized case.
“The dozen citizens deciding if Jodi Arias will be put to death for killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander are showing signs of indecision… eight women and four men must decide whether they accept the prosecution’s arguments that the brutal slaying of Alexander justifies the death penalty, or if Arias is a remorseful, mentally ill woman — requires that her life be spared.”
— HLN (@HLNTV) March 5, 2015
If the jury cannot decide on a sentence today, the death penalty would be removed as an option. The judge would then decide if Jodi Arias will serve life in prison or if she will get a chance for release after 25 years. The reaction on Twitter ahead of the verdict being read this morning is mixed, but many are calling for the death penalty in the Arias case.
— Stacey Taylor (@DBentleyGirl) March 5, 2015
In addition to the live stream options above, the reading of the Jodi Arias verdict will also be shown on HLN TV and CNN.