By Selena Hill (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Aug 14, 2013 08:16 AM EDT

 

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Mary Allen-Coogan, the controversial and outspoken juror from the original hung jury that found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder, said that she "cried" after getting called back again for jury duty.

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"I was released from serving on the Jodi Arias jury on Memorial Day weekend and exactly one month later, I got another jury summons. I cried," said juror number 16, in an interview with CBS News' Crimesider.

The 52-year-old overnight ER nurse was one of the 12 jurors who served on the high-profile case during the five month trial.  Although the panel convicted Arias in the killing of her lover, Travis Alexander, they could not unanimously decide on a whether to sentence her to life in prison or the death penalty.  Hence, they were dismissed after a judge announced a hung jury in the sentencing phase on May 23.

While she said she didn't regret serving, Allen-Coogan admitted that she wasn't ready to serve again, right away.

"It was a little ironic because we are supposed to be excused," she explained.  However, she said she took the initiative to make that happen. "All it took was a phone call."

The jury only took three hours of deliberation to decide Arias had killed Travis Alexander in a "cruel, heinous, or depraved" manner that would warrant the death penalty. Medical examiners found that she stabbed Alexander 27 times, primarily in the back and in the torso and the heart.  She also slit Alexander's throat from ear to ear, nearly decapitating him, and shot him in the face, before she dragged his bloodied corpse to the shower where she left him crumpled over. In total the killing was done in a little less than two minutes.

According to CNN, Allen-Coogan voted for Arias to receive the death penalty.

The next hearing in the case is Aug. 26.

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