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Photos: The Jodi Arias trial

Updated 3:34 PM ET, Wed October 17, 2018
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Jodi Arias reacts on May 8, 2013, after an Arizona jury found her guilty of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008. In 2015, Arias was sentenced to life in prison. Her trial took many turns and revealed a story of sex and violence. Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Arias and Alexander met in 2006 at a business convention in Las Vegas. Arias became his girlfriend two months later, she testified. Alexander's bloodied body was found in his Mesa, Arizona, home in June 2008.
Faith was an integral part of Alexander's life. The professed son of methamphetamine addicts, Alexander was raised in Riverside, California, with three brothers and four sisters. His grandmother introduced him to Mormonism as a child. Soon after their first meeting, Alexander baptized Arias into the Mormon faith, a ceremony that was followed by anal sex, according to Arias' testimony.
Arias says that the pair broke up in 2007, and Alexander began seeing other women. There were claims that Arias would stalk him, peering in his windows at times. Still, he and Arias continued to hang out on several occasions until -- disenchanted Arias says -- she moved back to Northern California. They continued to communicate.
Alexander's naked body was found crammed in a stand-up shower after he missed two appointments, prompting friends to go to his house. Arias was charged with murder, at first denying the claims and later admitting she killed him in self-defense. Alexander's body was found with 27 stab wounds in the back and torso, a shot in the head, and his throat slit from ear to ear. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Arias spent 18 days on the witness stand recalling the minutiae of her allegedly abusive relationship with Alexander but claimed to have no recollection of the actual attack. Charlie Leight/The Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
On February 28, 2013, prosecutor Juan Martinez asks Arias about a photograph she took of Alexander in the shower moments before he was killed. Prior to Alexander's killing, Martinez said, Arias stole her grandparents' .25-caliber pistol, rented a car in Redding, California, turned off her cell phone and brought along cans of gas so there would be no record that she was in Arizona. Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Arias breaks down on February 28 after being asked by Martinez if she was crying when she stabbed Alexander and slit his throat. Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Arias puts her arm around defense attorney Jennifer Willmott after being asked to demonstrate how she had her arm around her sister in a photograph that had been admitted into evidence. Willmott has said Arias was the victim of a controlling, psychologically abusive relationship and that Alexander considered Arias "his dirty little secret." Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Arias talks to defense attorneys Willmott, left, and Kirk Nurmi during her trial on April 3, 2013. Arguing the prosecution's position that Arias was obsessed with Alexander and stalking him, Nurmi said it didn't add up because Arias was active on a Mormon dating site. "Jodi ... wasn't so locked in on Travis that she wasn't looking for other men," Nurmi said. David Wallace/The Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Prosecutor Juan Martinez makes closing arguments on May 2. Throughout the trial, prosecutors said Arias manipulated people as well as the evidence. Rob Schumacher/Reuters/Landov
Mitigation specialist Maria DeLaRosa whispers to Arias during closing arguments. Arias' defense team denied that she went on a meticulously planned "covert mission" to Arizona to kill her ex-boyfriend and then hide her tracks. Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Arias listens to defense attorney Kirk Nurmi make his closing arguments on May 3. Her case drew worldwide attention. Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Alexander's family and friends react after Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder. Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov
Judge Sherry Stephens receives the jury's decision in May. The jury had been in court since January 2. Jurors deliberated for 15 hours and five minutes before finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic/Reuters/Landov