Travis Alexander's brother-in-law Harold Sorenson admits the murder victim's family is "emotionally drained" and "overwhelmingly grateful" in the wake of the murder trial and ongoing penalty phase involving Alexander's killer, Jodi Arias.
Sorenson -- clarifying that the commentary was his and his only -- said that while the Alexander clan is already browbeat following the marathon trial, the penalty phase "will be even harder on them then what they've experienced during the past phases of this trial," encouraging readers to "please keep the family continually in your hearts."
Here is his full statement posted to the Justice4Travis Facebook page:
"I will make a comment ! These are my words only. this is not from any of the Alexander family. or even from my wife Tanisha. they are all emotionally drained. at the same time they are overwhelmingly grateful ! to the court, to judge Stevens, to the jurors all of them, especially to Juan Martinez, to the Attorney General of Arizona, who they will be meeting with very shortly, to prepare themselves emotionally mentally, for the re trial of the third phase, the penalty phases. this will be even harder on them then what they've experienced during the past phases of this trial. if ever they needed the world's love and support of the overwhelming majority that have been there for them. it would be this re trial of the penalty phase. please keep the family continually in your hearts, in your prayer as the fight for justice is not just for Travis alone, but for the past and future victims of the world that the DP can be respected, and upheld when it truly is warranted. let goodness prevail over evil, we love you, and deeply respect the overwhelming support . god bless true victims and justice for Travis Alexander. thank you Harold Sorenson."
As we previously reported, the mistrial announcement came last week after around 13 hours of deliberations, as the jury was unable to determine in unison whether the Jodi should receive life in prison or execution in Alexander's brutal 2008 death.
A new jury will be selected for the penalty phase, with a retrial date of July 18. Should the second panel deadlock, Judge Sherry Stephens will then hand Arias a sentence of life in prison or 25 years with the eligibility of parole. (The death penalty would not be an option in that scenario.)
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