Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Watch Jodi Arias verdict as read in courtroom: Guilty of first degree murder (videos)

Jodi Arias has been deemed guilty of first degree murder! The verdict was read on May 8, 2013, as a jury of Arias' peers deemed that she had premeditated the murder of Travis Alexander and executed her evil plan on June 4, 2008. The trial started on Jan. 2, 2013, and quickly drew spectators from nationwide. HLN dedicated daily coverage to the trial, picking up from where In Session began.
Jodi Arias responds to guilty verdict on May 8, 2013.
The Jodi Arias trial drew so much interest that HLN later dedicated their 10 p.m. programming block to a new show "Jodi Arias: After Dark." As the trial streamed live online, more people learned about Travis Alexander and mourned the life of a man who held such great potential.

Day after day, Travis Alexander's family and friends sat in the courtroom only to hear their loved one's character annihilated. It was as if the man they loved and grieved was being murdered again before their eyes. The claims made by criminal defense attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott that Travis Alexander was an abusive man who used Jodi Arias sexually paled in comparison to what Jodi Arias said about the man she claimed was a pedophile and had a beautiful soul.

The prosecution, led by Juan Martinez, known as the "Pit-Bull" never backed down. He challenged Jodi Arias at every turn, confounding her in her lies that seemed to grow so large they could create themselves. Juan Martinez' approach certainly got to Arias as she once snapped at the prosecutor and compared him to the man she slaughtered by slicing his throat, stabbed 29 times and shot him in the head. Juan Martinez never lost a step, and at one time, he drove Arias to break down and cry on the stand. He wasn't swayed by her tears. Instead he demanded, "Were you crying when you slit his throat? Were you crying when you stabbed him 29 times?"

Juan Martinez delivered stunning closing arguments where he carefully pointed out that Jodi Arias planned to murder Travis Alexander in May 2004, after he finally told her he was through with her.

The jury did not believe the defense's lies. They did not believe that Travis Alexander was a predator who terrorized Jodi Arias, caused her to live in fear, and created a scenario that forced her to kill him.

In fact, it was the other way around.

Jodi Arias had a history of showing up at Travis Alexander's house unannounced. She traveled from California to Arizona with the purpose of murdering the 30-year-old charismatic entrepreneur who felt that 2004 would be the best year of his life.

Court will resume on May 9, 2013, as the trial now enters the sentencing and penalty phase.

Will Jodi Arias receive the death penalty?

You may watch the Jodi Arias verdict as read in the courtroom below.

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