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Jury: Jodi was cruel

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  • Jodi Arias' trial now moves on to the sentencing phase, where jurors will decide if she lives or dies
  • Jodi Arias is guilty of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in a 'cruel manner' in 2008
Jury: Jodi was cruel

Watch: Jodi Arias learns she could face death

Jodi Arias learns she could face the death penalty.

Jodi Arias is guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in a "cruel manner," and now the jury will have to make the ultimate decision as to whether she will live or die via lethal injection.

Read more: HLN's live blog of Wednesday's proceedings

Arias stabbed Alexander multiple times, slit his throat from ear to ear, and shot him in the head on June 4, 2008.

Photos: Arias sobs when faced with brutality of killing

The jurors deliberated for around an hour and a half before reaching their verdict that Arias' actions were especially cruel when killing Alexander.

Medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn testified Wednesday during the aggravation phase of the trial that Alexander was alive for every single stab wound Arias inflicted, and he finally passed away seconds after she slit his throat.

Read more: The Arias jurors say it was murder

The defense maintained Wednesday that Arias shot Alexander first, and according to Dr. Horn's own testimony Alexander would have lost consciousness within seconds and therefore would not have felt the pain of the Arias stabbing him.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez showed the jury gruesome close up photos of Alexander's injuries to demonstrate the brutality of Arias' actions. During Martinez's closing argument, he told the story of the attack from Alexander's point of view.

Read more:  Arias’ attorneys says she ‘simply snapped’

"You can imagine the absolute terror as he is sitting there defenseless as water is coming down in a seated position not even standing. And as he's seated this knife is coming towards him and is hitting him. That is extreme emotional anguish. That's extreme mental anguish to watch the blade come up to him. He can see at that point. He can hear. He can breathe. He can smell. He knows exactly what's going on. And he knows that the person who is doing it to him is someone he has just been with," said Martinez.

The case will move into the sentencing phase Thursday. The jury will have to deliberate for a third time to decide if Arias will receive the death penalty.

HLN will cover the next phase of the trial live, and HLNTV.com will live-blog the proceedings.

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