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Jury to decide: Was Jodi 'cruel' in killing Travis?

NEED TO KNOW
  • Jodi Arias trial moves to aggravation phase, starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Jury to decide whether she killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in a cruel way
  • HLN will cover this phase of the trial live, and HLNtv.com will live blog the proceedings

HLN will cover the aggravation phase of the Jodi Arias trial live, starting at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, and HLNTV.com will live blog the proceedings.

A jury found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday, but her trial isn't over yet. The jury must now decide whether she murdered her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in a cruel manner.

In the aggravation phase of the trial, prosecutor Juan Martinez hopes to convince the same jury that convicted Arias that her actions during the murder showed extreme cruelty.

Arizona law defines cruelty as when a victim suffered physical pain or mental anguish and the defendant knew, or should have known, that the victim would suffer.

WATCH: Arias after verdict: I'd rather get death

Martinez is expected to call state medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn to the stand. Horn will likely be asked to review Alexander's autopsy photos. Alexander was stabbed multiple times, shot in the head and his throat was slit from ear to ear.

Jurors must decide unanimously whether the aggravating factor of cruelty has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If their verdict is "proven," the case then moves to the penalty phase, where jurors will deliberate a third time on whether Arias will receive the death penalty. 

If their verdict is "not proven," the jurors will be excused and Judge Sherry Stephens will set a sentencing date within 30 to 60 days. Arias will not get death, but the judge will determine if she gets life without parole or life with parole eligibility after 25 years.

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