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Jodi Arias looks toward the jury entering the courtroom during the sentencing phase retrial in Phoenix March 3, 2015. A jury in Arizona deciding whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias should be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008 has reached a verdict on its sixth day of deliberations, court officials said on Thursday. Picture taken March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Tom Tingle/Pool

Jodi Arias was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander. A jury found in 2013 that Arias had shot and stabbed Alexander, a former lover of Arias. The judge had the possibility of granting Arias the possibility of parole after 25 years. The 34-year-old was spared the death penalty after one jury member would not agree to dole out a mortal sentence last week. That was despite Arias’ comments that she preferred death to a life sentence.

"I would much rather die sooner than later. Longevity runs in my family, and I don't want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place," she had said, in an interview with a local Arizona TV reporter. She later reversed that claim, saying that she had gained perspective..

Salacious details of kinky sex between Arias and Alexander fueled a media circus that brought the case a national media spotlight. A long series of trials kept it in the news. Some outlets thought that that the verdict will put the case to rest. However, Arias is likely to appeal the hearing. Despite her admission of guilt, Arias alleged misconduct by prosecutor Juan Martinez.

Arias was shown not only to have shot Alexander, but also that she stabbed him over almost 30 times including, as Martinez stated, was not only shot and stabbed, but had his throat slit from ear to ear. That, in addition to stab wounds inflicted in the back of the head and neck, posed serious challenges to Arias’ claims to self defense.

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