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Arias jury foreman regretful they couldn't agree on sentence

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Should Jodi Arias spend the rest of her life in prison or get the death penalty. The jury could not come to a unanimous decision. A mistrial in the penalty phase was declared.

The jury said they did not want to talk about the case on Thursday, but we caught up with the jury foreman.

It was very clear from talking to the foreman that this jury was incredibly close and very respectful of each other's opinions. But in the end, he says when they left the courthouse, the jurors felt like they failed.

"I am glad it is over but there is a feeling that we didn't do what we were supposed to do because we didn't come up with a verdict."

Bill Zervakos says the jurors left the courthouse somewhat stunned.

"We all asked ourselves when we left the court yesterday how do we feel and all of us, to a person said, we really don't know."

In the nearly 5 month trial, the jury sat through 18 days of Arias on the stand.

"Too long. It was too long for her. I don't think she proved to be a very good witness."

"To sit in judgment on somebody else's life is an experience that only those have done it will ever know and never understand. I think that [Jodi] is delusional, I think she has got some problems."

The hardest part he says was listening to Travis Alexander's devastated family.

"Who can say anything, who can say enough? It is horrific. If they feel like we have disappointed them I am incredibly sorry about that," says Zervakos.

The jury wasn't supposed to pay attention to all the publicity surrounding this trial. Now that it's over, the foreman says he can't believe how much vitriol is out there.

"What she did was horrible. It was horrendous and she has to be held accountable and responsible. But for people out to be yelling and screaming, some of the horrible things we have heard, they don't know what is going on. It's ridiculous in my humble opinion."

As for what it was like inside the jury room?

"None of us in the jury tried to coerce or convince each other or validate our positions. We had lots of discourse. Lots of discussion and there was a lot of emotion involved. But nobody ever took it personally and everyone respected everybody's position and that was huge."

The jurors made a pact not get specific about their deliberations -- not to disclose who wanted death and who preferred life.

In fact, the foreman wouldn't tell us where he stood.

Full interview with jury foreman: http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/video?clipId=8917442


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