(CNN) – After months of twists and turns in a dramatic trial rife with sex, lies and digital images, an Arizona jury Wednesday found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008.
Now that the jury has convicted Arias, jurors will next have to decide whether she lives or dies.
“Now the odds, I think shift somewhat in her favor, because it’s a very different thing to sentence someone to die than to convict them,” CNN legal analyst Jeffery Toobin said after the verdict was read on Wednesday.
In the next phase of the case prosecutors will have a chance to present additional evidence and jurors will decide whether Alexander’s death was caused in a cruel manner.
The case has drawn worldwide attention and followers lining up daily for courtroom seats.
Crowds outside the courthouse erupted in cheers Wednesday as news of the verdict spread.
Since Friday, jurors have been deliberating evidence surrounding this key question: Did Arias kill ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in self-defense? Or did she commit murder?
Alexander was stabbed repeatedly, shot and nearly decapitated five years ago. Arias says she killed him in self-defense after he attacked her, but the grisly slaying has caused even some anti-domestic violence advocates to doubt her case.
The jury, which has been in court since January 2, heard closing arguments on Friday. Jurors deliberated for 15 hours and five minutes.
As they took a lunch break after revealing they had reached a verdict Wednesday, some jurors were seen smiling and breathing sighs of relief. One juror returning from lunch wiped her eyes.
This trial has put the Alexander family through absolute hell! Let’s not forget the true victim after this circus of a trial is all over!