Verdict: Jury Finds Jodi Arias Guilty of First Degree Murder
Jodi Arias didn't cry, but appeared to tear up a bit as the jury read the guilty verdict, convicting her of first degree murder. The panel's decision brings an end to the 56-day marathon murder trial, exactly four years, nine months and 23 days after Jodi was arrested for killing Travis Alexander.
After the verdict, Arias spoke with FOX affiliate KSAZ and said she would "prefer to die sooner than later" and that "death is the ultimate freedom." She added that she did not believe she committed first degree murder and was surprised by the jury's decision. Following the interview, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying that Arias has now been placed on "suicide protocol" and "no further media interviews will be permitted."
Now, the jury must decide whether Arias will receive the death penalty or life in prison. On Thursday, prosecutors can begin presenting additional evidence to the panel in an attempt to prove that the crime was extremely cruel and warrants a death sentence.
Jurors received the case on Friday and reached a verdict early Wednesday. The panel had a choice between first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter and not guilty.
Jodi was charged with murdering ex boyfriend Travis Alexander in June 2008. She admitted to stabbing him 27 times and shooting him in the face, but claimed it was done in self-defense.