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Arias Eligible For Death Penalty

By: KKTV/AP
By: KKTV/AP

Jodi Arias testifies during her murder trial, Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, Az.

Jodi Arias testifies during her murder trial, Maricopa County Superior Court, Phoenix, Az.

UPDATE: Jurors find Jodi Arias eligible for death penalty after murder conviction in boyfriend killing.
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Jodi Arias has been convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal stabbing and shooting death of her one-time boyfriend.

Arias was charged in the June 2008 killing of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. Authorities say she planned the attack in a jealous rage.

Arias' story changed before and during the trial. She initially denied involvement, then blamed it on two masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said she killed Alexander in self-defense.

Testimony in the case began earlier this year -- in January. Jurors began deliberating May 3 and they made their final decision Wednesday.

The trial has been a made-for-the-tabloids drama, garnering daily coverage by the cable news networks, with tales of lurid sex, lies and death, nude photos and accounts of a salacious relationship that ended in a bloody killing. Alexander was stabbed numerous times, shot in the forehead and had his throat slit. Friends found his body in the shower five days later.

Arias said she recalled Alexander attacking her in a fury after a day of sex. She said Alexander came at her "like a linebacker," body-slamming her to the tile floor. She said she fired in self-defense but had no memory of stabbing him.

She did acknowledge trying to clean the scene of the killing, dumping the gun in the desert and working on an alibi to avoid suspicion. She said she was too scared and ashamed to tell the truth.

Arias now faces either life in prison or a death sentence. She said in a post-conviction interview that she prefers a death sentence.

The next phase of the trial -- deciding whether or not Arias is eligible for the death penalty -- has been postponed. Court officials did not give a reason for the the delay, only that court would reconvene on Wednesday, May 15.


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