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Arias' mom upset she didn't know about verdict

  • Jodi Arias' fate is still in limbo after jury fails to reach a unanimous decision on death penalty or life in prison
  • Her mom says she was told the jury had a question, which is why she wasn't present when the verdict was read
Sandra Arias upset she didn't know about penalty phase verdict

Hung jury for Jodi Arias

Hung jury for Jodi Arias

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Jury foreman: Arias 'mentally, verbally abused'

The one person who has been in the courtroom supporting Jodi Arias since her trial began is her mother, Sandra Arias. So her absence was definitely noticed when the jury returned a verdict Thursday of "no unanimous agreement" when it came to Arias' fate.

If you watched HLN's coverage before the penalty verdict came down, you probably heard that the jury had a question -- not that they had reached a verdict. That's the word that was sent to the media, and it looks like Mrs. Arias received the same information.

She told HLN that she was under the impression that the judge was going to answer the question without even summoning the jury. Mrs. Arias had left the courthouse earlier in the day, waiting at a nearby relative's house for word on the jury's decision.

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As soon as extra security was brought into the courtroom, everyone started to think maybe something major might be about to happen -- and it was. The judge declared a mistrial in the penalty phase because jurors were split -- eight for the death penalty, four for life in prison.

Mrs. Arias tells HLN she learned the news by watching the television and that she was very upset over the miscommunication. She said she wanted to be there for her daughter during the announcement of this decision.

The rest of the family wasn't planning to be in the courtroom, according to Mrs. Arias. Her husband, William, is on dialysis and had to return home to Yreka, California, because of medical issues. Their son went with him and Arias' sister and husband stopped by the Grand Canyon on their way back.

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Sandra Arias had this to say to HLN about the "no unanimous agreement" verdict reached by jurors: "I knew it could go either way, I was prepared for the verdict whatever it was," she said.

She expressed relief that her daughter did not receive a death sentence but was disappointed that she will have to go through a retrial of the penalty phase.

A new penalty phase -- with a new jury -- is scheduled to begin July 18. Watch HLN and follow for the latest on the Arias case.

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