Jurors decided Jodi Arias would be eligible for the death penalty on Wednesday after the killer was convicted of killing her former lover Travis Alexander in his Arizona home.
According to the Associated Press, it only took three hours for the same jury who found her guilty of first-degree murder to make a decision in the “aggravation” phase of the trial after prosecutor Juan Martinez claimed the murder was carried out in an especially cruel and heinous manner.
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Alexander’s family reportedly cried as Martinez walked the jury through the details of the murder one last time. The former waitress stabbed him 27 times, slit his throat from ear to ear and then shot him in the forehead in his master bathroom after a night of sex.
"The last thing he saw before he lapsed into unconsciousness... was that blade coming to his throat," Martinez reportedly said. "And the last thing he felt before he left this earth was pain."
The victim’s family and friends will be called up to testify and plead with the jury why they think Arias should be sentenced to death, the AP wrote. Similarly, people close to Arias will be put on the stand to draw sympathy from the jury.
The most dramatic moments of Wednesday’s trial occurred when Martinez sprawled out numerous photos of the bloody crime scene, pausing for two minutes, to symbolize how long it took for the motivational speaker to die from Arias’ brutal attack on June 4, 2008.
Arias, who said she’d rather be put to death than face life in prison after she was convicted, reportedly showed little emotion when it was announced in court that she would be eligible for the death penalty.
Martinez told jurors Alexander suffered greatly in his last moments on earth, with defensive wounds all over his body. "She made sure she killed him by stabbing him over and over and over again," he said. Defense lawyers argued that so much adrenline would have been flowing through Alexander's body that he might not have felt all that much pain, but they didn't have much of a case considering the brutal nature of the murder.