Jodi Arias has been found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder. The verdict comes with the potential of the death penalty. Jodi seemed to have little reaction to the verdict other than her lips falling open slightly. Now comes her punishment. The second phrase of the trial will concentrate on whether there was aggravated cruelty in the murder and whether Jodi knew that her lover, Travis Alexander, would suffer. Considering that she shot him in the head, stabbed him 27 times, and slashed his throat, there will probably be a lot of gruesome testimony in the second phase of the trial that will decide Jodi's fate.
The death penalty isn't a given. The jury would have to be unanimous on the death penalty -- if one juror decides he or she doesn't want it, then life in prison without parole would be the next toughest punishment. There is also the option of being eligible for parole after 25 years.
When the verdict was read, Jodi looked slightly upset, but she didn't cry or make any sound. The courtroom was quiet, and Travis's family only let out sighs.
Outside, however, it was a different story. The crowd that formed outside the courthouse -- which included some die-hard followers who have been there every day since the trial started -- burst into cheers and applause.
The verdict means that the jury dismissed Jodi's contention that she killed Travis in self-defense. She had claimed she was being physically and emotionally abused in their toxic on-off two-year relationship. Since the jury found for premeditation, they must believe that Jodi brought the murder weapon with her to Travis's home in Arizona and didn't find it in his closet, as she testified.
The trial was certainly a doozy -- Jodi spent an unbelievable 18 days on the stand, most of that discussing her sex life with Travis. Take a pretty, young, white female killer and put her on the stand and the press takes notice. It certainly did in this case.
The verdict isn't much of a surprise -- though after the acquittal shocker of Casey Anthony, to whom Jodi was compared (white, pretty, female, tendency to lie), I think no one will ever take a guilty verdict for granted again. What Jodi did was horrible and disgusting and inhumane. And yet there is something about her that is pathetic and pity-inducing. She was a woman who just couldn't bring herself to fully let go of a toxic relationship. Ladies and gentlemen, take note.
Do you think this was the right verdict? Do you think she should get the death penalty? Here's Jodi's reaction to the verdict:
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