Jury: Jodi Arias was 'especially cruel'

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  • The jury will now have to decide if Arias will live or die
  • Having been found guilty of first-degree murder, Jodi Arias' trial is now in the aggravation phase
  • Arias' life is hanging in the balance
Jury: Jodi Arias was 'especially cruel'

After deliberating for an hour and 33 minutes, an Arizona jury has found Jodi Arias guilty of being "especially cruel" when she murdered her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Arias did not seem to react to verdict, and did not shed a tear. Arias' life is still hanging in the balance as the trial moves into the final stage, the sentencing phase.

During the sentencing phase, the jury will deliberate a third time on whether Arias will receive the death penalty.

HLN is live-blogging the Jodi Arias trial. Click here to read HLN's live blog of the moment Arias was convicted. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from the trial (Best read from the bottom up):

6:11 p.m. ET: The jury has found Arias guilty of being "especially cruel."

6:06 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated. The verdict form is being handed to the bailiff.

6:00 p.m. ET: HLN's producer in the courtroom says family members are seated, and the judge should be taking the bench soon.

6:02 p.m. ET: The verdict could be read any minute now.

5:59 p.m. ET:

5:54 p.m. ET: They jury has reached a verdict. It is not clear when the verdict will be read in open court. It could be read any minute. Watch HLN to see the verdict live.

3:07 p.m. ET: Martinez has wrapped his rebuttal argument. Judge Stephens is now giving the jury their final instructions before the start deliberating about whether arias commited the murder in a cruel manner. The jury was excused to deliberate at 3:07 p.m. ET.

3:05 p.m. ET:

3:03 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing the jurors the pictures of Alexanders wounds once again, and is asking the jurors why the defense won't focus on Alexander's wounds.

3:01 p.m. ET:

3:00 p.m. ET: Nurmi has completed his closing argument, and now Martinez is giving his rebuttal argument. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

2:54 p.m. ET: Nurmi is pointing out that Dr. Horn said if the gunshot came first Alexander would have lost consciousness within seconds and therefore did not feel the pain of the stab wounds.

2:50 p.m. ET: Nurmi is explaining to the jurors that they cannot be swayed by sympathy, passion or emotion.

2:49 p.m. ET: Martinez has completed his closing argument. Defense attorney Nurmi is now giving his closing argument.

2:47 p.m. ET: Martinez is explaining that Arias went for Alexander's throat, because it was sensitive and it would cause pain.

2:44 p.m. ET: "Yes he did suffer physical pain," said Martinez. The prosecutor is now explaining how Alexander also suffered mental anguish.

2:42 p.m. ET: Martinez said the last thing Alexander felt before he left this earth was pain.

2:40 p.m. ET:

2:38 p.m. ET: Martinez is now demonstrating how Alexander would have been alive for two minutes during the attack. He is making every one sit in silience for two minutes in the court room.

2:36 p.m. ET: Nurmi has a lot objections, but judge Stephens is overruling every one of them.

2:35 p.m. ET:

2:34 p.m. ET: Martinez said Alexander was consciousness enough to reach out his hand to try to stop the knife, and the knife cut his hand.

"Is he thinking about his family? Is he thinking about his family?" said Martinez.  The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

2:30 p.m. ET:

2:28 p.m. ET: Martinez said she attacked Alexander when he was vulnerable, and couldn't fight back. The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

2:26 p.m. ET: Martinez is now giving his closing argument in the aggravation phase.

2:25 p.m. ET: Juror question: Did you previously testify Alexander had three rapidly fatal wounds? Dr. Horn said in isolation the gunshot wound, the stab wound to the heart, and his throat being slit would have all independently killed him.

2:20 p.m. ET: Martinez has completed his questions for Dr. Horn. The attorneys are reviewing a question from the jury.

2:19 p.m. ET:

2:17 p.m. ET: Martinez is raising his voice as he shows Dr. Horn and picture of the sink, and asks him if Alexander was alive as bleed over the sink. Dr. Horn agreed he was alive, and could feel pain and see that he was suffering.

2:15 p.m. ET: Martinez is walking Dr. Horn through all the wounds Alexander experienced when he was still alive. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

2:13 p.m. ET: Willmott has completed her cross examination of Dr. Horn.

2:11 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

2:10 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott is asking Dr. Horn how Alexander would have bleed faster, because he was stressed and moving around. Dr. Horn agreed that would have increased the rate of blood loss.

2:08 p.m. ET: Dr. Horn said he believes Alexander was still alive when his throat was slit. Martinez has finished his direct examination.

2:06 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated, and testimony should begin soon.

2:03 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has sent the jury out of the courtroom for a couple of minutes.

1:59 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:57 p.m. ET: Dr. Horn is explaining all the wounds Alexander experienced while he was still alive and able to feel pain. Martinez is showing the jurors pictures of all of the wounds. Arias will only turn her head to write a note to her attorney Jennifer Willmott.

1:53 p.m. ET: Martinez is displaying images of Alexander's wounds to the jury. Arias is crying and looking away from the photos.

1:51 p.m. ET: Medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn is back on the witness stand. He conducted Alexander's autopsy, and examined his body. Dr. Horn said severed nerve endings cause the someone to feel pain.

1:41 p.m. ET: Nurmi said Martinez has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the murder was carried out in a cruel manner. He has now completed his opening statement. Judge Stephens has recessed court for 10 minutes.

1:39 p.m. ET: Defense Kirk Nurmi is trying to explain to the jury that this isn't a issue of cruelty, but it is whether Arias' actions meet the legal definition of especially cruel. Arias is crying and refuses to look at Nurmi as he is speaking.

1:36 p.m. ET: "As he endured that horrific punishment. He decided to flee," said Martinez. "It was only death that relieved that pain."

Martinez has completed his opening statement.

1:34 p.m. ET:

1:32 p.m. ET: "He goes toward the sink....When he gets of to the sink he is already hurtin," said Martinez. "He has blood coming from his hands and his chest."

"As he stands and looks in the mirror he can see himself bleeding."

The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

1:29 p.m. ET: The attorneys are a sidebar with the judge.

1:28 p.m. ET: Nurmi has a lot objections as Martinez details how Alexander suffered. Alexander's siblings are crying as they listen to Martinez detail the brutality of Arias' actions.

1:26 p.m. ET: Arias is crying as Martinez retells Arias' story of why she didn't kill herself. She testified she stopped, because,trying to cut herself it hurt. Martinez said Alexander did not have a choice, and everything time that blade went into his body it hurt.

1:23 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias told the jurors that she tried to commit suicide. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi objected and now they are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:20 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Juan Martinez now giving his opening statement. "She made sure of it," said Martinez. "She killed him over and over again."

1:13 p.m. ET: Judge Sherry Stephens is explaining to the jury how the aggravation phase of the trial will work. Arias is taking notes, and doesn't appear to be paying attention to the judge.

1:07 p.m. ET: HLN's producer in the courtroom says everyone is present in the courtroom, and the judge should be taking the bench any minute now.

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