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Jurors Reach Verdict in Jodi Arias Case After 15 Hours of Deliberation

On Wednesday afternoon, jurors finally reached a verdict in the Jodi Arias trial after deliberating for 15 hours over four days.

Arias is charged with first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander, who was once her boyfriend. He was murdered after Arias was rejected by him while he dated other women.

At first, she denied being involved with the killing and blamed it on masked intruders. But two years later, she said she killed him in self-defense.

Spectators gathered around the courthouse on Wednesday to learn the verdict. Alexander's family and friends wore blue ribbons and wristbands that said "Justice for Travis."

"I just want to make sure the justice system works," Margaret Fernandez, 68, said. She had been following the Arias case from home but went to the courthouse to hear the verdict. "I'm a mother. I have a son. I don't know what I would do in that situation."

Though they announced the verdict, it does not mean the jury's work not is over. The next phase involves determining if Alexander was killed in a cruel manner. It may consist of calling more witnesses and showing evidence. Depending on their decision, Arias could face the death penalty or life in prison.

If jurors can't decide whether or not to sentence her to death, the judge will sentence her to life in prison or life with the possibility of release after 25 years.

Alexander was found with 30 knife wounds, was shot in the forehead and had his throat slit. Arias dragged his body into the shower and friends found his body five days later.

Arias said she was attacked by Alexander after they had sex. She said he body-slammed her on the floor and when she managed to escape, she retrieved a gun from the shelf and fired at him. She said she had no memory of stabbing him.

She said she did try to clean the scene and disposed of the gun in the desert. Arias claims she was too scared or ashamed to tell people what had happened at the time and insisted she was not lying to jurors.

Sources: CNN, Fox News


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