I was outside the courthouse in a crowd of hundreds of people when the verdict of guilty was read to Jodi Arias.
When the verdict of guilty of first-degree in the murder of Travis Alexander came, the crowd erupted into cheers and applause. Not since the Casey Anthony trial have I seen such passion about a case or such hatred toward a defendant.
The viciousness of the crime paired with what the crowd believed was an offensive defense strategy sparked intense feelings.
Not only was Alexander brutally murdered, the defense tried to put him on trial. Alexander is not here to defend himself and the defense took advantage of that, dragging his name and reputation through the mud every step of the way.
For four months, the defense tried to paint Alexander as an abuser. As a sexual deviant. And they called him one of the worst things you can call a person: They accused him of being a pedophile.
These terrible claims and the horrific nature of the murder itself are why people felt so strongly that murder one needed to be given.
We will find out soon if Arias will be put on death row or if she will face life in prison. But all 12 jurors said that Arias premeditated this murder, and that leaves the door open for Arias to be sentenced to death.
Jodi Arias is guilty of First Degree Murder. Travis Alexander’s family will never completely feel closure or be able to fill the hole torn in their lives by his horrific murder. But hopefully today, they can at least feel that justice has been served. Maybe that can provide them with a small piece of solace.