PHOENIX - Jodi Arias has been found guilty of first-degree murder, and ABC15 was on the scene to get the reactions of spectators outside the courthouse.
Chris Hughes, who was a friend of murder victim Travis Alexander, said he was elated but emotionally overwhelmed.
“We can’t bring Travis back but we got the right verdict,” Hughes said Wednesday.
Dan Kim thought the first-degree murder charge valid; he said he saw all the red flags during the trial.
“It was pretty obvious,” he said. “I don’t know what else to say. I’m just glad it’s all over.”
Kim said he thought the jury might have gone with second-degree murder, but he ultimately ruled that out for himself.
“If you do it in self-defense, you’re not going to stab somebody 27 times,” he said.”
Another man said he was happy for Travis Alexander’s family and proud to see Arizona “get it right.”
“It’s so draining,” he said. “I don’t know how the family has dealt with this.”
The sentencing phase will begin Thursday at 1 p.m.
ABC15’s Corey Rangel spoke with court-goers before the verdict to get their predictions.
One woman, who said she’d been following the case since the beginning, was in tears at the announcement.
“I was overridden with emotion,” the woman said. “They have to find her [guilty of] first-degree murder.”
She added that waiting until 1:30 p.m. is “torture.”
“I can’t even imagine what the family is feeling right now,” the woman said. “I’m scared…I just want this over for all of us.”
Another woman left work to be outside the courthouse when the verdict is delivered because she has also been following the case since its outset. She was surprised by the size of the crowd outside the courthouse.
“This is crazy,” she said. “I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s really exciting.”
She had hoped for a first-degree murder verdict, but said she was concerned that wouldn’t happen because of how long the jury took to deliberate.
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