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Sunday 20 April 2014

US woman guilty of boyfriend murder

Jodi Arias looks at her family after being found of guilty of first-degree murder (AP/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

A US woman has been convicted of first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of her one-time boyfriend after a four-month trial that captured headlines with lurid tales of sex, lies, religion and a salacious relationship that ended in a bloodbath.

Jodi Arias was charged with first-degree murder over the June 2008 death of Travis Alexander in his Arizona home.

Authorities said she planned the attack in a jealous rage.

Arias initially denied involvement, then blamed the killing on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defence.

The trial snowballed into a made-for-the-tabloids drama, garnering daily coverage from cable news networks and spawning a virtual cottage industry for talk shows, legal experts and even Arias, who used her notoriety to sell artwork she made in jail.

Press Association

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