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Juror No. 6 in Jodi Arias trial reflects on experience

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A week ago we all waited anxiously to learn whether Jodi Arias would be sentenced to death or life in prison. Instead of getting an answer, we learned the jury couldn't decide.

Now, we're hearing from one of the eight jurors who chose the death penalty for Jodi Arias.

Juror No. 6 is the juror who mouthed ‘I'm sorry' to Travis Alexander's family after the jury failed to reach a decision.

Diane Schwartz says it was an honest moment and through tears, the words just came to her.

She describes the trial as the hardest thing she's ever been through in her whole life.

"It was a horrendous responsibility."

Day after day, Diane Schwartz sat in this courtroom. Five months of her life centered around Jodi Arias.

"She gave me nothing to like at all."

For Schwartz, the evidence of premeditation, cruelty and the horrifying manner of Travis Alexander's death outweighed any evidence of abuse in Jodi and Travis' relationship.

"If it was a gunshot or a stabbing and ended there, she told the truth, the situation could be a lot different. But the brutality of it was too far for me," said Schwartz.

Although Schwartz believes in the death penalty, she said that days of deliberations were tearful and the nights were sleepless.

"A lot of thinking, a lot of soul searching and that was difficult."

Schwartz called the jurors a cohesive group and says there was never any fighting, only disappointment.

"When we didn't have the verdict and we didn't have a unanimous verdict I was devastated and I felt that I had failed the system."

Schwartz had no idea that there was so much public interest in the case. But when she was finally able to see coverage, she watched Troy Hayden's exclusive interview with Arias.

"When she said I want the death penalty I thought, we're not getting the truth. This is Jodi at her finest, trying to manipulate, trying to play with us."

A court hearing in the Jodi Arias case is set for June 20th.

Schwartz hasn't decided yet if she'll watch in the courtroom but she says she will continue to follow closely -- and she'll be happy with whatever the new jury decides.

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