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Jodi Arias trial: Juror question, attorney sidebar records unsealed

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Records unsealed by the judge in the Jodi Arias trial show how the jury struggled with sentencing her, and how attorneys sniped at one another in courtroom conferences out of the hearing of jurors and spectators.

It was a five-month trial: Jodi Arias convicted of first-degree murder for stabbing, slashing and shooting her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Judge Sherry Stephens released this behind-the-scenes look at the trial, in which nerves were frayed and tempers flared.

Juror questions make it clear there was a deep split.

First the jurors asked the judge to: "Clarify the process should we come to an impasse."

Later the jurors wrote: "After long and careful deliberation we are unable to reach a unanimous decision."

The judge answered: "Do you think breaking until Wednesday, May 29th could benefit your deliberations?"

But the jurors answered: "We do not feel further deliberations will change the outcome."

That led to the dramatic announcement.

We also got a glimpse at sidebar sessions during the trial that degenerated into bickering.

Here's one: Defense Attorney Jennifer Willmott claimed Travis Alexander threatened to kill himself, a ploy to control Jodi. Prosecutor Juan Martinez said that never happened and he chided Willmott: "But the thing is if Ms. Willmott and I were married, I certainly would say I [expletive] want to kill myself. That doesn't mean I want to kill myself. It just means there's a bad relationship and I want you to leave me alone."

Willmott was not amused.

The case is not over, of course.

The murder conviction still stands, but the county attorney may seek a new jury and a retrial as to her sentencing -- the death penalty or life in prison.

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