Jodi Arias eligible for the death penalty

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Convicted murderer Jodi Arias is eligible for the death penalty for the 2008 killing of Travis Alexander, a jury ruled Wednesday.

Alexander was stabbed repeatedly, shot and nearly decapitated five years ago. Arias says she killed him in self-defense after he attacked her, but the grisly slaying has caused even some anti-domestic violence advocates to doubt her case.

The jury, which has been in court since January 2, heard closing arguments on Friday. Jurors deliberated for 15 hours and five minutes before announcing the guilty verdict May 8.

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