After nearly three full days of deliberations, an Arizona jury has found Jodi Arias guilty of the first-degree murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. As a result, Arias will now face a possible death penalty sentencing.
The jurors also had the option of convicting Arias of second-degree murder, manslaughter, or acquitting her altogether. Arias has admitted to killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in June 2008, but her defense has maintained that the stabbing and shooting was done out of self-defense after Alexander became violent during an argument.
The defense attorneys attempted to paint Alexander as sexually, physically, and emotionally abusive towards Arias.
Because she has been found guilty of the first-degree murder charge, the trial will need to enter a “penalty phase” for the prosecution and defense to argue over the factors that would lead to a death sentence for Arias.
Watch the verdict reading and Arias’ reaction below:
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