Editor's note: In the widely watched Jodi Arias case, the Maricopa County, Ariz., Judge Sherry Stephens had the option of giving Arias natural life or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years. - Tom
Because the jury in the Jodi Arias sentencing phase could not reach a verdict, the decision is now left to Judge Sherry Stephens. She will sentence Arias on April 13 and can either decide on life in prison or life with possibility of release after 25 years.
On June 4, 2008, salesman Travis Alexander was killed by his ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, in Alexander's house in Mesa, Arizona. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8, 2013 and sentenced to natural life in state prison on April 13, 2015.
At the time of the killing, Alexander sustained multiple knife wounds and a gunshot to the head. Arias testified that she killed Alexander in self-defense. The murder and trial received widespread media attention.