Jurors in the Jodi Arias trial have spent a great deal of time inside of a Phoenix courtroom over the past five months where they convicted Arias of first-degree murder.
Although they were unable to come to a unanimous decision in the penalty phase, jurors were officially released from the case last week and are now adjusting back to their everyday lives.
On Wednesday night, HLN's Dr. Drew expressed to juror No. 6 Diane Schwartz, who mouthed the words "I’m sorry" to the Alexander family, that, “It must be very tough for all the jurors that formed a family unit. This was a very cohesive, close group of people that spent months together invested emotionally and intellectually.”
Schwartz responded, “It was an experience that nobody else will ever, ever, ever understand. We had a real bond and we really did work very well together. So we’re going back into [life] slowly -- meeting with friends slowly and that's exactly what I have done … to get my life back in order.”
Arias' first-degree murder conviction still stands, as does the jurors decision that Travis Alexander’s murder was “especially cruel,” which was an aggravating factor that made Arias eligible for the death penalty. The new penalty phase with a new jury is scheduled for July 18.
A status hearing will be held on June 20 to better understand what kind of preparations attorneys have made for the new phase of the trial.