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Stunning turn of events and the penalty phase of the -- areas trial.
An Arizona jury deadlocked keen on whether to sentence the convicted killer to life or Jack -- the the best.
First -- and areas sentencing verdict.
We the jury duly impaneled and sworn that it had action upon our -- -- unanimously find having considered all the facts and circumstances.
That if it should be sentenced.
-- yes you know unanimous agreement signed workers.
That -- a whole lot of eyebrows so what is next let's -- defense attorney and former prosecutor David Schwartz.
Hi there David so new jury have to be empaneled how to find jurors who aren't familiar with this case -- that.
Most jurors will be familiar with the case however the question is can the juror be impartial the number one consideration is -- the juror actually give the death penalty.
So they didn't do you know the lawyers will be looking for the most impartial jurors policy.
And you have to be willing to give the death penalty in order to be selected for that do you think Adobe -- change of venue and that's are they gonna continue doing this America -- -- I.
I don't think -- be a change of venue at this point I I I believe -- you know the case -- so national at this point no matter -- you put the case.
It could be prejudicial no matter what so I believe that -- then you will stay in that county.
For the penalty for so how does this work they have to do kind of a mini trial again to get these jurors up to speed absolutely get you to do and -- -- -- -- to do a jury selection that take weeks just to find.
Death penalty or -- jurors to be able to sit there.
And then you go through many -- got the opening statements.
And then yet the big the mitigating factors vs the aggravating so this could take months and months before the whole things -- I don't think month Somalia from here because we're not gonna do that until July -- -- From this point will take months OK now what if the juries hung Antanas next time so then if the jury is -- again that the judge cannot give a death sentence it's either it's it's gonna be a life sentence.
It's okay -- and then the judge could also decide parole possibly down the road.
Right the judge could decide -- a real life sentence or life sentence with the eligibility of -- -- the prosecutors because the family of Travis and they've been through so much already -- -- -- the prosecutors.
Are getting try to cut a deal with areas and mined areas be open -- how well.
And the bid is really -- a deal I mean she has no leverage at this point but I want leverages the victims' families of the victims family.
They decide they don't wanna go through this again they can go to the prosecution say you know cut a deal -- and -- the prosecution probably would do so.
OK even though it's the state vs -- areas but because the family has been through so much because he was killed in such a horrific manner.
They might give the family that -- final call on.
Absolutely and plus you have a jury that's already been -- on this on this issue so so you have one jury are ready that that was hung on -- there's been a mistrial as far as the penalty phase goes so.
It could possibly happen -- -- may not just briefly what do you think caused the -- -- It's very tough to give the death sentence it's very tough she.
Can be a little sympathetic at times -- but.
You know Tony I got -- -- -- outlook below victim of domestic violence I -- certain a survivor and let's ask let's not you know -- insulting to the family but compared to other death sentences compared to the Connecticut case Democrat compared to some he got to put it all prospective.
So a life sentence is tough and that's why we have you here David Schwartz Chernoff for defense attorney thank you how much.
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