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Jodi Arias Found Guilty of Murder

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Jodi Arias after being found guilty of murder. (credit: CNN)

A jury in Arizona found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias could get the death penalty.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Jurors in Arizona began deliberating Tuesday whether Jodi Arias will receive the death penalty or life in prison for killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.

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File photo of Jodi Arias in court

During testimony earlier in the day Arias asked the jury to spare her life, saying she could teach people to read in prison and make a positive impact on inmates.

When jurors found her guilty of first-degree murder earlier this month, they said that Arias was “exceptionally cruel” when she murdered her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.

Arias stabbed Alexander 29 times, slit his neck from ear to ear and shot him in the face.

During the trial, Arias, 32, claimed she killed him in self-defense after he attacked her.

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File photo of Jodi Arias in court

Jodi Arias could face the death penalty, nearly five years after she stabbed, shot and almost decapitated her ex-boyfriend.

An Arizona jury Wednesday found that Arias was “exceptionally cruel” when she murdered Travis Alexander in 2008. That verdict makes Arias, 32, eligible for the death penalty in the next phase of her trial.

Arias sobbed as a prosecutor presented evidence Wednesday.

Around her, the courtroom was silent for two minutes. That’s how long Travis Alexander suffered in pain as Arias attacked him, Prosecutor Juan Martinez said.

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(CNN) — A day after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Jodi Arias will return to court Thursday to begin a phase that will move her closer to learning whether she will live or die.

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Jodi Arias appears in court in Phoenix on May 8, 2013. (CNN)

During this part of the proceedings, the so-called “aggravation phase,” jurors will take an important step closer to that life or death decision.

“Now the odds, I think, shift somewhat in her favor, because it’s a very different thing to sentence someone to die than to convict them,” CNN senior legal analyst Jeffery Toobin said.

In a television interview minutes after the verdict was announced, Arias said she’d prefer a death sentence.

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Travis Alexander was born in Southern California.

He graduated from high school in Rubidoux… And after his murder, his family buried him at a cemetery in Riverside.

It’s no surprise that many in the Inland Empire were watching this trial and verdict very closely.

Christina Pascucci has reaction from Alexander’s hometown.

PHOENIX — After months of twists and turns in a dramatic trial rife with sex, lies and digital images, an Arizona jury Wednesday found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Jurors will return to court Thursday for the aggravation phase of the trial — an important step in the next key decision they face: determining whether Arias lives or dies.

“I said years ago that I’d rather get death than life, and that still is true today,” Arias told Phoenix television station KSAZ.

“I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I’d rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”

After the interview, Arias was placed on “suicide protocol” in an Arizona jail, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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