(Photo: Reuters/Charlie Leight)
By Jon Campbell , Christian Post Contributor
May 8, 2013|2:56 pm
(Photo: Reuters/Charlie Leight)A verdict has been reached in the trial of Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander on Wednesday as jurors finally came to a conclusion after just over 15 hours of deliberations. The verdict will be read out in court at 4.30 p.m. ET and coverage can be watched online through free live stream via the video player below. Eight men and four women have been deliberating as the jurors in the case throughout this week, in what has been described as a relatively long deliberation period. Authorities have announced that the parties will be brought into court for the judge to read out the verdict in less than two hours time in open court at 4.30 p.m. ET. Arias faces the death penalty if she is convicted of the first degree murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. However, her defense lawyers will be hoping that the jurors believe her account of what happened and that she killed Alexander in self-defense. If Arias is convicted of manslaughter then she could be sentenced from seven to 21 years in prison, instead of the death penalty for first degree murder. If she is given a prison sentence then she will also get credit for the 4.5 years she has already spent in jail waiting for her trial to take place.
Photo: Jodi AriasAlexander was found dead in his Mesa house, in the bathroom, with 27 stab wounds around his body, as well as a slit throat and a gunshot wound to the head. Prosecutors have said that Arias planned the brutal killing of her boyfriend, and was fully aware of what she was doing. However, Arias has claimed the killing was committed in self defense, and the defense team has tried to portray her as the victim. They have pointed to Travis Alexander as a type of bully and hypocrite, who had long imposed his own will on Arias and forced her into the killing by making her fear for her own life. The prosecution has highlighted that Arias has changed her story multiple times. She initially told authorities that she had nothing to do with the killing and was not even with him at the time. However, she later changed that story to blame the death on masked intruders. Finally her defense team admitted that she had killed Alexander but put forward the self defense explanation. Here is a video player with a live stream to the developments in the Jodi Arias trial: