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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jurors deciding whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be executed in Arizona were told by a judge on Tuesday to try harder to reach a verdict after apparently deadlocking in the closely watched retrial, court officials said.
Judge Sherry Stephens issued the eight women and four men with a "modified impasse instruction" as the jury deliberated for a fourth day on the fate of the former waitress from Salinas, California, who murdered her ex-boyfriend in 2008.
The jurors had earlier told the Maricopa County Superior Court they had several questions that had come up in their discussions, the court officials said.
There was palpable relief Tuesday for dozens of jurors excused from serving on the Boston Marathon bombing trial.
"Because I can go back and do my job and not worry about my job," dismissed juror Nancy Cederholm said.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
FALL RIVER, Mass. -- A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death.
Prosecutors say Hernandez, then a New England Patriots tight end, and two friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked up Lloyd from his home early on the morning of June 17, 2013, shortly before he was killed.
By Monica Lindstrom - The State v. Jodi Arias jurors finished Day 3 of their deliberations with no verdict.
This brings their deliberating time to approximately 16 hours.
Let's put this into perspective. The first jury deliberated approximately 15 hours in the guilt phase where they had to decide whether Jodi Arias was guilty of first degree pre-meditated murder.
That same jury deliberated only an hour-and-a-half (approximately) in reaching its decision that there was an aggravating factor which put the option of death on the table.
Finally, they deliberated approximately just under 14 hours in the mitigation phase of the penalty phase, which resulted in no decision at all -- a hung jury.
Hope still exists that this jury will in fact reach a unanimous decision. However, it could be argued that for every minute that passes, the more entrenched they become in their individual position and there will be no decision.
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