The verdict in the Jodi Arias trial in Phoenix will be announced Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT). Arias, who is accused of murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008 by fatally stabbing him 27 times after having sex with him, could face the death penalty if she is found guilty.
You can live stream the verdict announcement in the Jodi Arias trial at WPTV.
Arias, 32, first denied involvement in Alexander’s death when police found him dead in his Mesa, Ariz., home in 2008. But two years later she changed her story, admitting that she did kill Alexander but saying she acted in self-defense. However, she claims not to have a memory of the fatal incident.
During her trial, Arias told her defense attorney Kirk Nurmi that her ex had attacked her, and she claimed that she had been a victim of childhood abuse, at the hands of her mother, who sat in during the trial.
“My mom hitting me ranged from four times a week to once every two weeks. Her beatings became more frequent as I aged,” she said. Arias also testified that she had planned to kill herself before the trial.
Arias also claimed that her father was violent as well, although she said his abuse paled in comparison to her mother’s. “My dad was scary to begin with. He didn't hit us as much with the belt. My mom's blows felt a lot worse than my dad's,” she said.
Courtroom seats for the trial, which has become a lurid fixture in the tabloids, have reportedly become a coveted item, with would-be attendants offering $200 a seat.