Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic/AP
March 05, 2015 12:30 PM

A mistrial was declared in the Jodi Arias case after a Phoenix jury could not decide on whether she deserved the death penalty for the 2008 slaying of her boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Arias, now 34, will spend life in prison and can no longer be given the death penalty, according to state law. On April 13, the judge will decide whether she spends life in prison with or without parole.

This was the second penalty hearing for Arias, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013. The first jury agreed on her guilt but could not agree on her punishment and was declared deadlocked.

The trial made national headlines as details of the brutal crime emerged. Arias stabbed Alexander 27 times, slashed his throat and shot him. She tried to cover up the crime by erasing photos from his camera and throwing it in the washing machine.

During the trial, prosecutors told jurors that Arias planned the attack after Alexander invited another woman on a trip to Cancén. When interviewed, Arias first told police she knew nothing about the slaying, then said Alexander was killed by two masked gunmen, and then ultimately claimed self-defense.

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