Jurors deliberating the fate of convicted killer Jodi Arias returned to work Monday morning, picking up where they left off last Thursday before breaking for the weekend. The jurors are considering testimony offered during the penalty phase retrial aimed at determining whether Arias should be put to death

or serve life in prison for the murder of former boyfriend Travis Alexander. If this jury fails to reach a decision, the judge would likely impose a life sentence. Legal analyst and former prosecutor Barnett Lottstein says the defense team is likely hoping for prolonged deliberations. “Generally speaking, the longer the jury takes, the more it favors the defense. If a jury comes back in twenty minutes, you can almost guarantee a conviction”. Arias did not take the opportunity to address the court during the penalty phase retrial, choosing to stay quiet when she was told that any statement she made would have to come in open court.

–Jeff Scott