Arizona jury finds Jodi Arias eligible for death penalty

Jodi Arias reacts as a guilty verdict is read in her first-degree murder trial in Phoenix, Arizona May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic/Pool
Jodi Arias reacts as a guilty verdict is read in her first-degree murder trial in Phoenix, Arizona May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic/Pool

An Arizona jury found on Wednesday that Jodi Arias, a California woman convicted in a sensational trial of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, inflicted extreme cruelty on her victim and is thus eligible for the death penalty.

The same jury found Arias guilty last week of first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix area home five years ago. She had stabbed him 27 times, slashed his throat and shot him in the face.

The jury will next weigh additional evidence to decide whether to actually sentence Arias to death or to life in prison.


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