Jodi Arias guilty of first degree murder

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PHOENIX (USA Today) -- Jodi Arias has been convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal stabbing and shooting death of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona.

Arias, 32, was accused of killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in the shower of his suburban Mesa, Ariz., home in June 2008. Alexander was shot in the head and stabbed and slashed more than two dozen times. Arias' palm print was found in blood at the gruesome scene, along with nude photos of her and the victim from the day of the killing.

The California woman could face the death penalty.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez says Arias planned the attack in a jealous rage. Arias initially denied involvement, at first blaming two masked intruders. Two years later she said she killed Alexander in self-defense.

Arias spent 18 days on the witness stand testifying in her defense.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday that she believes Arias is guilty, but did not cite first-degree murder or a lesser charge. A first-degree murder conviction and death sentence could one day put a commutation request on the desk of the governor.

(USA Today)

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