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Jodi Arias Guilty Of First-Degree Murder In Killing Of Travis Alexander

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PHOENIX –- Jodi Ann Arias, a California native who testified she killed her ex-boyfriend in self-defense, was found guilty Wednesday of murder.

The eight-man, four-woman jury, which heard four months of testimony and final arguments, deliberated over four days before returning the verdict of first-degree murder. Arias, 32, could receive the death penalty.

Arias, wearing a black blazer and shirt, appeared to hold back tears as the guilty verdict was read. At one point, she turned to look at the gallery, where the family and friends of murder victim Travis Alexander were seated.

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Five jurors voted Arias was guilty of premeditated murder and seven voted that she was guilty of premeditated felony murder.

The defense, which rested its case without producing a shred of evidence that Arias was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Alexander, will now scramble to present evidence in the penalty phase of the trial, set to begin Thursday.

During his three hours of closing arguments last week, prosecutor Juan Martinez' description of the brutal murder was so vivid that members of the victim’s family were reduced to tears. In the moments leading up to the verdict, people chanted "Justice for Travis" outside the courthouse.

Arias stood accused of stabbing 30-year-old Alexander nearly 30 times, shooting him in the head and cutting his throat from ear to ear in his Mesa home on June 4, 2008.

"She killed him three times over," Martinez said in closing statements.

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Arias aggravation hearing will begin tomorrow at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.

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The family of Travis Alexander says they plan on filing a civil wrongful death suit against Arias, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.

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@ danabrams : I don't believe #JodiArias should get the death penalty. This case does not represent "worst of the worst."

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@ Bob_Ortega : Huge cheer went up outside the courthouse as the guilty verdict in the #JodiArias trial was announced.

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@ VinniePolitan : #JodiArias at the moment she was found GUILTY of 1st Degree Murder http://t.co/aRAtTMJEPg

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@ trialwatcherja : PHOTO Samantha Alexander overwhelmed as #JodiArias is found guilty of M1 http://t.co/11izkqIcgV #Justice4Travis

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HuffPost's David Lohr reported that 5 jurors voted Arias was guilty of premeditated murder, and 7 voted she was guilty of premeditated felony murder.

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Both Jodi Arias and her mother are crying, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. –- Jodi Ann Arias, a California native who testified she killed her ex-boyfriend in self-defense, was found guilty Monday of murder in the brutal slaying of her ex-boyfriend.

The eight-man, four-woman panel, which heard four months of testimony and final arguments, deliberated over four days before returning the verdict. Arias, 32, was convicted of first-degree murder and could receive the death penalty.

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Jodi Arias appeared calm and without expression as she waited Wednesday's verdict. She released a small gasp, seemingly holding in tears as she was found guilty of first-degree murder. Arias fought back tears as each juror confirmed a guilty verdict.

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Jodi Arias has been found GUILTY of first-degree murder

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The jury has still not entered the courtroom, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.

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Members of the media are being allowed inside the courtroom, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.

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With 10 minutes until the verdict is announced, the defense attorneys have arrived, reports HuffPost's David Lohr.

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With 15 minutes until the verdict is read, Prosecutor Juan Martinez has entered the courtroom, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.

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The families of Arias and Alexander are entering the courtroom, reports HuffPost's David Lohr.

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The Huffington Post's David Lohr reports that the crowd outside the courthouse is continuing to grow.

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Detective Esteban Flores has arrived at the courthouse, according to HuffPost's David Lohr.

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HuffPost's David Lohr reports that Travis Alexander's sisters have arrived at the courthouse.

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HuffPost's David Lohr spoke with Susan Pcholinsky, who has been following the case since the beginning.

"I predict they're going to come back with first-degree murder," Pcholinsky said. "If there is any other verdict, I don't think it's going to sit well. It would be another case where someone has gotten away with murder, all because of that thing called 'reasonable doubt.' My mother raised me to believe common sense is more important."

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"They let her go, everybody will be going around killing folks," retired military man James Outley of Phoenix, Ariz. told HuffPost's David Lohr while waiting to hear the verdict.

"Hell, there is a few people on my list. I'll just plead stupid."

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HuffPost's David Lohr reports that some jurors just entered the courtroom, appearing expressionless.

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