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Jury reaches guilty verdict in Jodi Arias first-degree murder trial

Posted May 8, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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After a highly publicized murder trial that lasted four months, but involved only 15 hours of deliberation, a verdict has been reached by a Maricopa County, Ariz., jury.

They have found Jodi Arias, 32, guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2008 slaying of her onetime boyfriend, Travis Alexander, the Associated Press reports.

ABC News and CNN also have stories.

Evidence in the grisly case included time-stamped photos of Alexander, alive in the shower of his home, and then dead, which were on a camera discovered in the washing machine of his home, as an Associated Press timeline of the case notes.

He was stabbed 27 times and shot to death, as well as nearly decapitated when his throat was slashed. Arias claimed she acted in self-defense.

She was charged with both premeditated murder and felony murder, on the theory that the crime was committed during a burglary, and the jury found her guilty on both counts.

Her sentence, which could potentially be the death penalty, will be determined in a subsequent phase of the trial.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "$838K murder defense bill in Arias case pits public right to know against attorney-client privilege"

ABAJournal.com: "Spectator sells seat to watch high-profile murder trial for $200, is scolded by judge"

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