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5/8/2013 1:51:00 PM
Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder
Jodi Arias
Jodi Arias
Associated Press


PHOENIX - Jurors found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder today, after deliberating about 15 hours over four days in the case of the 2008 fatal stabbing and shooting of her one-time boyfriend.

Arias, 32, was convicted in the death of Travis Alexander, a motivational speaker and salesman, at his suburban Phoenix home. Authorities said she planned the attack in a jealous rage after being rejected by the victim while he pursued other women.

Arias initially denied involvement and later blamed the killing on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said she killed Alexander in self-defense.

Jurors got the case Friday afternoon.

A crowd of spectators gathered outside the courthouse to hear the verdict, while TV crews, media trucks and reporters lined nearby streets. Family and friends of Alexander wore blue ribbons and wristbands with the words "Justice For Travis."

Margaret Fernandez, a 68-year-old retiree from Phoenix, had been following the case from home but decided to go to the courthouse Wednesday to get a glimpse of the lawyers involved, including the prosecutor she admires.

"I just want to make sure the justice system works," said Fernandez, who wants Arias to get life in prison. "I'm a mother. I have a son. I don't know what I would do in that situation."

The verdict will not necessarily bring an end to the trial. If the jury convicts Arias of first- or second-degree murder or manslaughter, a second phase of the trial will begin with the same panel deciding whether the killing was committed in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner. The outcome of their decision on aggravating factors will affect how harsh Arias' sentence could be. Both sides may call witnesses and show evidence during a mini trial of sorts.

Testimony began in early January, with Arias later spending 18 days on the witness stand. The trial quickly snowballed into a made-for-the-tabloids drama, garnering daily coverage from cable news networks, and spawning a virtual cottage industry for talk shows, legal experts and even Arias, who used her notoriety to sell artwork she made in jail.

Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the forehead and had his throat slit before Arias dragged his body into his shower. He was found by friends about five days later.

Arias said she recalled Alexander attacking her in a fury after a day of sex. She said Alexander came at her "like a linebacker," body-slamming her to the tile floor. She managed to wriggle free and ran into his closet to retrieve a gun he kept on a shelf. She said she fired in self-defense but had no memory of stabbing him.

Arias acknowledged trying to clean the scene of the killing, dumping the gun in the desert and working on an alibi to avoid suspicion. She said she was too scared and ashamed to tell the truth at the time, but insisted at her trial she wasn't lying to jurors.

As deliberations dragged on, dozens of people gathered daily on the courthouse steps waiting for a verdict.

If Arias is convicted of first-degree murder, and the jury finds it involved the aggravating factors, she faces either life in prison or a death sentence. However, if jurors cannot reach a unanimous agreement on the death penalty, the judge will sentence Arias to either the rest of her life in prison, or life with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Jurors also have the option of convicting Arias of second-degree murder if they believe she didn't premeditate the killing but still intentionally caused Alexander's death. If convicted of that charge, she could be sentenced to 10 to 22 years in prison.

Manslaughter is an option if the panel believes Arias didn't plan the killing in advance and the attack occurred in the heat of passion after "adequate" provocation from Alexander. A conviction on this charge carries a sentence of seven to 21 years in prison.

If they believe she killed Alexander in self-defense, Arias would be acquitted and would walk out jail after being incarcerated for more than four years.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: Hang em High

Same verdict should have gone to Casey Anthony & O.J. It's time some justice is served.

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: Real American VET USN Retired GOOD CITIZEN

This media CIRCUS is over..Unless there is 45 appeals..If she gets the death penalty she will be 60 before she is executed...

Let see this scum is guilty but EVERYONE loves AMANDA KNOX and she is innocent!!


Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: to: Irving

Yeah seems logical that he asked for it by not being nice enough to her. Why else would she have shot him in the head, slit his throat and then gone into a frenzy stabbing and slashing his body until she was too exhausted to continue.

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

@Irving Rheingold

...and any scantily clad woman is asking for it. Jodi is not the only sick one.


Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Article comment by: Irving Rheingold

That kind of anger doesn't just happen,Mr.Alexander has his part in his own demise.

Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Carter

It's not over yet. Now the sentencing phase begins. Much more testimony to be heard and possibly weeks of deliberation ahead. As I fan of court proceedings, I think this is fascinating. The only thing better would have been to get a ticket to sit in on the proceedings. What an interesting case!

Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Article comment by: Common Senzi

Haven't you see the horror movies where the girl hits someone with a shovel or bat and knocks them out and then they wake up later and kill her?

She was just making sure he wouldn't get back up and attack here like in the movies.


Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Article comment by: Of course she's guilty!

What a media frenzy this has been! So glad its over! Sick 'n' tired of seeing her face and hearing her name.
Self-defense? Phooey!. 27 stabbings, shooting, slit throat is a far cry from self defense!

May she find God in prison and repent of her sins.

{{This should have been the result of the Anthony trial}}.


Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Article comment by: Easy For You to Say

Could have saved the taxpayers over $2 mil. on this one..Oh Yes, it is the American justice system...on reality tv, highly publicized. OMG

Get this woman out of our tax dollar responsiblity. She is quilty, quilty, quilty on every single count...nothing but death. Done...

Ban the movie/book angle. Sickos!




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