Jodi Arias Guilty Of First-Degree Murder: Will Arias Receive The Death Penalty? [POLL] [VIDEO]
Jodi Arias has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his Mesa, Arizona, home in June 2008. On Wednesday, May 8, the jury finally announced the verdict at 1:30 p.m. local time, 4:30 p.m. ET. Deliberating over the evidence brought forth during the four-month-long trial, the jurors finally convicted Jodi Arias of first degree murder.
On June 4, 2008, Jodi Arias brutally murdered Travis Alexander at his home. Alexander's body was found in the shower five days later. A bullet to the forehead and nearly 30 knife wounds were found on Travis Alexander's body, including a cut on his throat from ear to ear.
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Initially, Jodi Arias told authorities that Travis Alexander was killed by masked intruders. Eventually, Arias admitted to murdering Alexander in self-defense. Claiming that she was a victim of domestic abuse, she said she killed Travis Alexander when he attacked her after a day of sex.
According to Arias, she tried to escape from Alexander's attacks until she eventually found his gun and shot him. However, Arias said she has no memory of ever stabbing Alexander.
Raising suspicions that the murder was premeditated, Arias attempted to clean the house after the murder, dumped the gun in the desert, and created an alibi to avoid suspicion. She claimed she was too scared and ashamed to tell the truth.
Convicted of first degree murder, Jodi Arias faces a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty. The next phase of the Jodi Arias trial will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. Finally, Judge Sherry Stephens of the Maricopa County courthouse will sentence Jodi Arias within 30 to 60 days.
Should the Jodi Arias trial enter the death penalty phase, the defense and prosecution will present opening statements before the jury listens to victim impact statements presented by the family members of victim Travis Alexander.
Jodi Arias will have an opportunity to speak to the jury with an allocution statement. Finally, the jurors will decide whether Arias will receive the death penalty.
If Jodi Arias is sentenced to death, she will be the third woman to be executed in the state of Arizona.
Now it's your turn. How do you believe Jodi Arias should be sentenced? Let us know in the pole below:
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