PHOENIX - An Arizona jury Wednesday found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder for killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008.
Arias, a Salinas native, could be sentenced to death or life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.
The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Thursday. According to CBS News, jurors will decide whether the killing was committed in a cruel manner.
The jury, made up of eight men and four women, received the case Friday and deliberated Monday and Tuesday before returning its verdict Wednesday.
Prosecutors described Arias as a manipulative liar who planned the attack, while Arias claimed she killed her boyfriend in self-defense.
Arias admitted to killing Alexander on June 4, 2008 after she showed up at his house unannounced.
Authorities said Alexander suffered 27 stab wounds, was shot in the head and had his throat slit. Nude photos of Arias and the victim were found on the day of the killing. Arias' hand print was found in blood at the apartment where Alexander was killed.
According to a TruTV courtroom blog, Arias said at one point she lived with a different ex-boyfriend in Big Sur and worked at Ventana Inn, which she said Alexander got very jealous about. The Salinas Californian said Arias was born in Salinas and spent some of her childhood in Monterey County.
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