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.
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.
05/08/2013 5:40 PM EDT
Aggravation Hearing Tomorrow
Arias aggravation hearing will begin tomorrow at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.
05/08/2013 5:35 PM EDT
Alexander Family Plans To File Suit
The family of Travis Alexander says they plan on filing a civil wrongful death suit against Arias, HuffPost's David Lohr reports.
05/08/2013 5:34 PM EDT
An Alexander Supporter Outside The Courthouse
05/08/2013 5:31 PM EDT
Travis Alexander's Family Releases Statement
05/08/2013 5:23 PM EDT
VIDEO: Jodi Arias Found Guilty On First-Degree Murder Charge
05/08/2013 5:18 PM EDT
Is Arias "The Worst Of The Worst"?
@ danabrams :
I don't believe #JodiArias should get the death penalty. This case does not represent "worst of the worst."
05/08/2013 5:13 PM EDT
Cheers Outside The Courthouse
@ Bob_Ortega :
Huge cheer went up outside the courthouse as the guilty verdict in the #JodiArias trial was announced.
05/08/2013 5:10 PM EDT
Arias Hears The Verdict
@ VinniePolitan :
#JodiArias at the moment she was found GUILTY of 1st Degree Murder http://t.co/aRAtTMJEPg
05/08/2013 5:08 PM EDT
Samantha Alexander Reacts
@ trialwatcherja :
PHOTO Samantha Alexander overwhelmed as #JodiArias is found guilty of M1 http://t.co/11izkqIcgV #Justice4Travis
05/08/2013 5:03 PM EDT
The Jurors' Votes
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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