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 murdered in his house in Mesa, Arizona. He sustained multiple stab wounds, a slit throat, and a gunshot to the head. Jodi Arias, Alexander's ex-girlfriend, was charged with first-degree murder for his death. At trial, she testified that she killed Alexander in self-defense. She was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8, 2013. The murder and trial received widespread media attention.