June 4 of this year marks 10 years since the high-profile murder of Travis Alexander — a crime for which his girlfriend, Jodi Arias, was eventually convicted. The case, which wasn’t tried until 2013, captured the nation’s attention due to Jodi’s shocking claims about what went down that day in Mesa, AZ. The 37-year-old has technically been in jail since her arrest on July 15, 2008, but wasn’t convicted of first-degree murder until May 8, 2013. Scroll down to learn more about her complicated yet fascinating story.
How long has Jodi Arias been in jail?
Though she was arrested a little over a month after Travis was found dead from multiple knife wounds and a gunshot to the head, her trial didn’t begin until Jan. 2, 2013. She remained in prison during those four-and-a-half years. As of January 2018, she’s been behind bars for over nine years.
Jodi in court.
What did Jodi Arias do?
Jodi was found guilty of murdering her ex, though she claimed it was in self-defense. Travis had over 25 stab wounds on his body and his throat had been slit. He also suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Medical Examiner Kevin Horn testified that the Mormon salesmen had defensive wounds on his hands.
Jodi claimed during the trial that she and Travis would often engage in oral and anal sex, and alleged that the then-30-year-old found young boys and girls sexually attractive — an urge she reportedly tried to help him overcome. But she stated that as their year-and-a-half-long relationship progressed, he became physically and emotionally abusive. Jodi said the killing took place after he became enraged that she dropped his camera.
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Jodi and Travis.
Did Jodi Arias get the death penalty?
Jodi’s initial sentencing in May 2013, during which she pleaded for a life sentence, resulted in a hung jury. The sentencing retrial began in October 2014, and lasted for four months, only to result in another deadlocked jury. On April 13, 2015, Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced Jodi to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. She is currently incarcerated at Arizona State Prison Complex – Perryville.
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