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What really killed Travis Alexander?

  • Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander
  • Jurors unable to reach unanimous decision on whether she deserved life in prison or death
What really killed Travis Alexander?
Dr. Kevin Horn
Dr. Carol Terry

Will it be life in prison or death for Jodi Arias? On Monday, she'll be back in court and one step closer to finding out. Stay with HLN for complete coverage of her hearing.

Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8 in the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. However, the jury was unable to unanimously agree on whether she deserves life in prison or gets the death penalty. 

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During the criminal trial, Mesa, Arizona, police Det. Esteban Flores testified that, at some point in the investigation, he thought the gunshot to Alexander's forehead was the first injury. He said that was based on his conversations with medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn.

Horn testified that it was likely Alexander was stabbed in the heart first, tried to defend himself, then had his throat slit, killing him. Then, Alexander was shot in the head.

READ FOR YOURSELF: Dr Horn's report from Alexander's autopsy

HLN contacted our own expert pathologist, Dr. Carol Terry, the chief medical examiner for Gwinnett County, Georgia. Terry attended Emory University's medical school and has 18 years of experience with forensic pathology. She analyzed Alexander's autopsy at HLN's request.

Terry agrees with Horn that the slashing of Alexander's throat is what killed him. But she says he was likely shot first, before any of the stab wounds were inflicted.

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