Jodi Arias found guilty for the murder of Travis Alexander
The jury on the Jodi Arias trial reached a guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon, according to HLN.
Jurors reached a verdict Wednesday in the trial of Jodi Arias after deliberating about 15 hours over four days on whether the former waitress should be convicted of murder in the 2008 fatal stabbing and shooting of her one-time boyfriend.
Authorities said she planned the attack in a jealous rage after being rejected by the victim while he pursued other women.
Arias initially denied involvement and later blamed the killing on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said she killed Alexander in self-defense.
A first-degree murder conviction means the jury will have to decide if Arias will die via lethal injection for the brutal killing of Alexander. He was shot in the head, stabbed multiple times, and his throat was slit from ear to ear.
A second phase of the trial will begin with the same panel deciding whether the killing was committed in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner. The outcome of their decision on aggravating factors will affect how harsh Arias' sentence could be. Both sides may call witnesses and show evidence during a mini trial of sorts.
If the jury does not find Arias guilty of cruelty, the case ends and the judge will set a sentencing date within 30 to 60 days. At the sentencing, the judge will decide whether to sentence Arias to life in prison without parole, or life with parole eligibility after 25 years.
No matter what the verdict is, if Arias is sentenced to jail time she will get credit for the four-and-a-half years she has been incarcerated awaiting trial.