Jurors find Jodi Arias eligible for death penalty

Jodi Arias
FILE - This May 1, 2013 file photo, defendant Jodi Arias sits in the courtroom during her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Jurors reached a verdict Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in the trial of Arias, who is accused of murdering her one-time boyfriend in Arizona. Arias is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of Travis Alexander, a motivational speaker and salesman, at his suburban Phoenix home. (AP Photo/Matt York) (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Pool)

PHOENIX (AP) – Jurors in Jodi Arias’ trial have found the former waitress should be eligible for the death penalty after they convicted her last week of murdering her lover.

The decision came after a day of testimony Wednesday during which prosecutors had to prove the murder was committed in an especially cruel and heinous manner.

The 32-year-old Arias admitted killing Travis Alexander in June 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home. She first denied involvement. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense. Prosecutors said she planned the killing in a jealous rage.

Next up is the final penalty phase as prosecutors call witnesses, including Alexander’s family, as they attempt to convince jurors Arias should face the ultimate punishment. Arias’ attorneys will work to gain sympathy from jurors to spare her life.

 

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