WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 –The verdict is in: she is guilty!!
After 15 hours and 5 minutes of deliberation, the jury’s verdict in the Jodi Arias murder trial is guilty of first-degree murder. The trial has been little more than a total judicial and media circus - but a circus that has captured America’s attention with lurid details of the sex life of Jodi Aras and Travis Alexander.
The jury of eight men and four women had four options to chose from as they decided Jodi Arias’ fate. They could decide on first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, or innocence.
To decide on first degree murder the jury would have to believe Arias had planned out the murder before it was committed. This verdict, would make Jodi eligible for the death penalty.
For second-degree murder, the jury would have to believe that the murder was not planned out beforehand, but that Arias did have the intent to kill.
For the jury to decide that Arias was guilty of manslaughter it would mean that the jury believed that Arias killed Alexander in “the heat of passion.”
Today the jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder, believing she planned out the murder of Travis Alexander.
As the verdict was read Arias at first looked as though she was trying to hold back tears but soon she was able to regain control.
Outside of the courtroom, from the mass of people who gathered over the past two hours awaiting the reading, there were cheers.
Inside the courtroom the spectators hugged and seemed relieved.
There were reports that one of the male jurors was fond of Jodi leading to speculation that this could work to her benefit. It now seems, however, that there were too many unexplainable behaviors to rationalize once they were all linked together.
Five of the jurors believed the murder was premeditated and seven believed that the murder was committed during a felony (breaking and entering) as well as being premeditated.
No jurors believed Arias did not plan the murder ahead of time.
The jury will now need to reconvene tomorrow at 1:00pm to start the sentencing phase. There are three choices of punishment that could come along with a first-degree murder verdict; those choices are life with parole after 25 years, life with no parole or death by lethal injection.
It will only take one vote against the death penalty for Jodi Arias to spend her life in prison.
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