The Jodi Arias trials is over and the verdict is in, and on Wednesday afternoon the woman accused of killing her boyfriend will learn her fate.
Arias has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in his home in suburban Phoenix. Prosecutors allege that Arias stabbed Alexander in a fit of jealous rage, but her defense contends that Alexander was an abusive manipulator who was attacking her.
Jodi Arias first told police that Travis Alexander was killed by two masked men who entered the home, but later changed her story to say she killed him in self-defense.
Now that the Jodi Arias trial has a verdict, it brings to end a courtroom drama that has stretched on for four months. Along the way it has become a soap opera for cable news programs, with sordid details of her sex life playing out on the stand. Jodi Arias herself spent 18 days on the witness stand, recounting details of their relationship and romantic history.
The length of the Jodi Arias trial surprised criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, who found it strange that her defense wold offer such a a long and drawn-out testimony from Arias.
“What the defense did with her, by putting her on the stand for 17 or 18 days, is almost unheard of,” he told Good Morning America. “In 30 years of practice, I’ve never seen it. But there is something to that. It’s tougher to just put somebody to death when you’ve gotten to know them. Even if you don’t necessarily like them, it’s still somebody you know, and it’s a little tougher to do.”
The end of the trial has been generating a lot of media coverage. HLN, which has devoted of coverage and analysis, has had a countdown to the Jodi Arias verdict coming in.
Though the Jodi Arias verdict is in, that doesn’t mean the case is going away. There is already a movie in the works portraying the case.
The Jodi Arias verdict will be read Wednesday at 4:30 pm.