Jury finds Arias eligible for death penalty

by Kia Farhang

Jodi Arias is eligible for the death penalty, jurors in her case ruled Wednesday, according to news sources.

Arias, 32, was convicted last week of the premeditated murder of her ex-boyfriend, BBC News reported. She stabbed Travis Alexander, a motivational speaker, multiple times and shot him in June 2008.

After initially denying involvement in the murder, Arias later changed her story, claiming she had killed Alexander in self-defense.

The jury ruled the death penalty acceptable because of the cruel nature of the murder, the Associated Press reported. They made their decision in about three hours.

The final phase of the trial will determine whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or death.