Jodi Arias found guilty of killing former boyfriend

Courtesy: Associated Press
Courtesy: Associated Press

The jury found Jodi Arias, 32 guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2008, Arias, a waitress and aspiring photographer was charged with killing her one-time boyfriend in Arizona. Arias initially denied involvement and later blamed the killing on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense.

After a four-month trial that included graphic details of their sexual escapades and photos of Travis Alexander just after his death, jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon.

Alexander was a motivational speaker and salesman, at his suburban Phoenix home.

Authorities said Arias 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.

The streets leading to the courthouse lined with TV crews, media trucks and reporters. Outside the building entrance TV cameras waited. Spectators include families with kids in strollers.

Family and friends of Alexander are at courthouse wearing blue ribbons and wristbands with the words “Justice For Travis.”

Now, the trial will move into what’s called the “aggravation” phase. Both sides may call witnesses and show evidence during a mini trial of sorts.

The jury will decide whether Arias should be executed or get life in prison. Additional witnesses could be called by both sides. If jurors don’t reach a unanimous agreement on the death penalty, the judge could sentence Arias to either the rest of her life in prison or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

 

 

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