The original jury deliberated for nearly eight hours on March 7 without any success reaching a verdict, sent home without being sequestered due to the lack of hotels in the downtown area because of the influx of people in for South by Southwest.
Shriya Patel is facing five to 99 years in prison for first-degree arson in the April 2012 incident that killed her Indian American husband, 29-year-old Bimal Patel. Prosecutors said 27-year-old Shriya Patel was unhappy with her arranged marriage and lured her husband into the bathtub, where she doused him with gasoline and set him afire. Bimal Patel died nearly four months later in a hospital. Defense Attorney Jackie Wood told jurors Bimal Patel wanted to kill himself and forced his wife to help.