Jodi Arias was found guilty on Tuesday, May 7.
At issue is whether Arias’ killing of Travis Alexander was committed in an aggressively heinous manner. Arias said in an interview immediately following her sentencing that she would prefer the death penalty to life in prison.
First the trial will go through an “aggravating phase” to determine whether there was an aggravating factor, such as cruelty, in the way the first-degree was committed. Most analysts expect it will be easy for the prosecution to secure such a factor and move the trial into the death penalty phase.
(UPDATE) On May 15, the Jury concluded the killing was with extreme cruelty, and now will consider death or life in prison.
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