Jodi Arias Trial Sentencing Live Stream: Watch Victim Travis Alexander's Family Speak In Court; Prosecutor Propose Aggravating Factors [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 15, 2013 10:27 AM EDT

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Jodi Arias Trial enters aggravator phase. Travis Alexander's family to speak, jury to decide whether there was an aggravating factor. (Photo: Reuters)

The Jodi Arias Trial returns Wednesday, May 15 at 1 p.m. Be sure to watch the live stream of the trial in the video below. Convicted of first-degree murder for the death of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, the Wednesday trial will begin testimonies to pose whether the death penalty should be an option for sentencing.

On June 2008, Jodi Arias killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his Arizona home. Police reports stated Alexander's body evidenced a bullet to the forehead, 27 stab wounds and a slit throat from ear to ear.

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Following Jodi Arias' conviction, she said before the media: "I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life and that's still is true today."

A bold statement, Arias' remark prompted officials to place her in suicide watch. Yesterday, Jodi Arias was finally transferred back to Estrella Jail, an all-women Phoenix jail, where she will be held until the end of her trial.

Prosecutors must prove at least one aggravating factor in order to persuade the jury that the murder Jodi Arias committed was cruel, heinous or depraved, warranting the death penalty. According to ABC News, the aggravator phase is expected to take as little as a day and a verdict could potentially be reached today as well.

If the jury decides that there are aggravating factors, then the Jodi Arias trial will move on to the final penalty phase. The prosecutor and the defense will be given an opportunity to make an opening statement as victim Travis Alexander's family members will speak before the jury to express how the murder has affected their lives. Both the prosecutor and defense will not be allowed to question the victim's family. Finally, Arias will make a statement to the jury while Jodi Arias' family members will be allowed to speak to the court and plea to spare Jodi Arias' life. Jurors will decide whether Arias will face the death penalty.

In the event that the jury decides there was no aggravating factor, then Jodi Arias will not be sentenced to death. Judge Sherry Stephens of the Maricopa County courthouse will sentence Jodi Arias within 30 to 60 days. Arias may be sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole after 25 years.

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