Jodi Arias found guilty of first-degree murder

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Jodi Arias found guilty of first-degree murder

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PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias fought back tears, and family members of the victim wept and hugged each other as Arias was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the killing of her 1-time boyfriend in Arizona.

Family and friends of Travis Alexander wore blue ribbons and wristbands with the words "Justice For Travis."

Outside the Phoenix courtroom, a huge crowd that had gathered on the courthouse steps screamed, whistled and cheered the news. Some chanted, "USA, USA, USA!"

Jurors got the case Friday afternoon. They deliberated for two full days this week before reaching a decision late Wednesday morning.

Authorities said Arias planned the attack in a jealous rage after being rejected by the victim. Arias initially denied involvement then later blamed the killing on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense.

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