GUILTY: Jodi Arias Convicted of First-Degree Murder
A jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in the sordid Jodi Arias murder trial.
Jurors found Jodi Arias guilty of murder in the first degree on Wednesday. Arias had been on trial for months after she was accused of killing Travis Alexander, her former boyfriend, in 2008 in Arizona. Authorities attributed the attack to a jealous rage, saying Arias had planned it after discovering Alexander was pursuing other women.
Watch video of the verdict being read, as well as see Arias' reaction, in the clip above.
At the onset of the investigation, Arias denied any involvement in the killing. She would later blame the murder on intruders before admitting she killed Alexander in self-defense just two days after her arrest.
Jurors got the case Friday afternoon and reached the decision late Wednesday morning.
Testimony in the trial began in early January, with Arias later spending 18 days on the witness stand. The trial quickly snowballed into a made-for-the-tabloids drama, garnering daily coverage from cable news networks, and spawning a virtual cottage industry for talk shows, legal experts and even Arias, who used her notoriety to sell artwork she made in jail.
Arias to Inside Edition: “You can mark my words on that one, no jury will convict me.”
Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the forehead and had his throat slit before Arias dragged his body into his shower. He was found by friends about five days later.
Dramatic video -- Jodi Arias breaks down on the stand:
In statements on the stand, Arias said Alexander attacked her in a fury after a day of sex, coming at her "like a linebacker" and body-slamming her to the tile floor. She claimed that after getting free, she ran into Alexander's closet to grab a gun kept in the room.
She said she remembered firing the gun at Alexander in self-defense but that she had no memory of stabbing him.
Arias: "He told me that a 5-year-old can hold a camera better than I can.”
Arias also said she tried to clean the murder scene, attributing the acts to the fact she was too scared and ashamed to admit the truth.
Video of both Arias and her parents captured in the police interrogation room didn't help the accused woman's case. In one video, her father, William Arias, can be heard telling police about confrontations between his daughter and his wife, Sandy. "Sometimes she'd call real sweet, and 10 minutes later, she'd call in a rage, you know, just screaming at my wife. She did that over the last year and a half," he recalled. He went on to say he could not see a reason for the murder because he believed his daughter and Alexander were "getting along so good."
Arias engaged in strange behavior, as well, with one clip showing her doing handstands in the police interrogation room capturing the attention of the nation already grabbed by the sordid details of the case.
Arias' strange behavior:
(Note: The Associated Press contributed to this report.)