Security has been provided for the lone juror who voted not to give Jodi Arias the death penalty for killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander. The 12-member jury announced that they were hopelessly deadlocked on Arias’ punishment on Thursday. The jury had voted 11-1 in favor of the death penalty, but the lone dissenting vote spared the convicted killer’s life.
As USA Today reported, although none of the 12 jury members have received any threats, the juror who held out requested security after she found out her name had been posted on social media. Prosecutors are also trying to find out if the juror had disclosed that her husband had been prosecuted by the same county attorney that was the lead in the Arias case.
The case drew international attention when the relationship between Arias and her victim had been revealed. Prosecutors in the case were able to convince a jury that Alexander’s murder was a revenge killing because he wanted to date other women and was getting ready to take a trip to Mexico to meet up with a love interest. They said Arias had killed him when she found out his plans.
According to Channel 10 WILX News, the juror’s name had been revealed on a Twitter account. Sympathetic tweets for the victim had also been posted on the account.
The other 11 jurors’ names have also been revealed on a pro-Arias website. The identities of the jurors were listed as having voted for the death penalty for the 2008 murder conviction. It is unknown how the names were leaked because it is against Arizona law for the identities of jurors to be revealed.
Some of the 11 jurors did speak to the media on Thursday after the mistrial was declared and some said they thought the juror who voted against the death penalty for Arias had an agenda. The lone dissenter could not be reached for commit despite attempts to call her and reach her through email.
With a mistrial declared, it is now up to a judge to sentence Arias. She will either be sent to prison for life or she could possibly be paroled in 25 years. As the Inquisitr reported, the Arias’ trial has been an expensive one for Arizona taxpayers as the trial has cost them over $3 million.
Arias will remain in a west Phoenix jail until she testifies in a civil case, but once she is done with her testimony, she will be moved to prison. She will serve the first 30 days at Perryville prison for women, which is a maximum security facility. If she behaves herself, she could be moved to a medium security unit to serve out the rest of her sentence.