Thursday, May 9, 2013
PHOENIX (AP) — A jury has found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder, but her trial is far from finished.
The same jury now returns to the courtroom Thursday to decide whether she deserves to die for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home.
Arias spoke out about the verdict minutes after her conviction Wednesday, telling KSAZ-TV that she would "prefer to die sooner than later."
She fought back tears as a court clerk read aloud the highly anticipated verdict after a four-month trial.
The next portion of the trial will focus on whether the jury believes the crime was committed in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner. Then jurors will recommend either life in prison or death. The process could take several more weeks.