The trial and conviction of California native Jodi Arias became somewhat of a media circus for its four-month duration.
Arias was tried for the murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander which occurred on June 4, 2008.
Alexander was found in his Arizona home, with a slit throat; he had suffered a gunshot wound to the head as well as multiple stab wounds.
Suspicious evidence was discovered leading police to arrest Arias as their prime suspect.
This evidence included deleted, provocative photographs of Alexander and Arias taken the night of the murder as well as her DNA at the crime scene.
Arias, however, claimed to have not seen Alexander since April, despite this evidence.
Arias’ story continued to change throughout the trial, keeping the media focused on her confusing testimonies. Crowds gathered inside and out of the courthouse where Arias was tried, making her trial appear in media headlines for weeks.
The dramatic nature of Alexander’s death touches upon themes which incited the crowds: sex, revenge, murder and lies.
Jodi Arias, a former model, has often been ridiculed about her looks by the public, causing controversy with some people’s opinion that “beautiful people are exempt from moral law.”
In her ever-evolving testimony, which included graphic questioning regarding her sex life, Arias claimed that her violent actions were only in self-defense after an attack from Alexander.
In opposition to these claims, on May 8, 2013, after a 15-hour deliberation, the jury found Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Travis Alexander.
The verdict does not come as a surprise, as it became more obvious that Arias was guilty with the progression of the trial.
Yesterday, on May 15, the phase of the trial began which brings aggravation into account.
This phase, after being postponed from its original May 9 date, will determine Arias’ fate: life in prison or the death penalty.
Interestingly, Arias has said that she would prefer the death penalty, stating after the annoucement of the verdict that death is the “ultimate freedom.”
This next phase is likely to accompany similar media attention as the initial trial as we wait to hear what will become of this formerly unheard-of woman turned household name.
A Lifetime movie about the Jodi Arias murder conviction is already in production.