jodi arias

Defendant Jodi Arias looks toward her family as the jury starts to deliberate during her murder trial on May 3 in Phoenix.

*If you’ve been following the Jodi Arias murder trial, here’s the latest.

On Wednesday, a jury in Phoenix, Arizona found Arias guilty of first-degree murder of her on-and-off lover Travis Alexander. Her sensational trial gained international attention over several months.

Here’s what USA Today is reporting:

The jury next must decide whether Arias, who choked back tears as the verdict was read, deserves the death penalty or life in prison.

The 12 jurors reached a verdict after deliberating less than three full days. The trial, which began Jan. 2, gained notoriety for its accounts of gore and sex.

Alexander’s sisters arrived at the courthouse shortly before 1 p.m. As they waited for the verdict to be read, family and friends of the victim sported blue wristbands and ribbons that said, “Justice for Travis.”

Arias, 32, admitted to killing Alexander, the 30-year-old motivational speaker who was found in the shower of his Mesa, Ariz., home five days later. He had been shot in the head and stabbed 27 times, with his throat slit ear to ear.

For more of this story, go to USA Today.