Jodi Arias Guilty
On Wednesday afternoon, a jury composed of eight men and four women found Jodi Arias guilty of first degree murder. Arias admitted to killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander in June of 2008, but says it was self-defense. She claims that Alexander attacked her in a rage, and also that Alexander was physically and emotionally abusive toward her, shot him in the face, stabbed him nearly 30 times, and slashed his throat.
Arias faces the death penalty. The jury has been in court since January 2, and deliberated for a total of 15 hours and five minutes.
The jury will reconvene on Thursday to begin deliberations on the sentencing phase to determine whether Arias will serve prison time or receive the death penalty.
Throughout the day, an immense crowd formed around the courthouse in Phoenix, as the level of public interest had reached incredible levels.