Arias trial now turns to whether she lives or dies

May 9, 2013 • National News

AP10ThingsToSee – Family and friends of Travis Alexander, the one-time boyfriend of Jodi Arias, react after Arias was found guilty of his killing, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Phoenix. The jury had to decide between first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal. They returned a first-degree murder conviction. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias will spend the weekend on suicide watch and return to court next week when jurors are expected to consider whether the death penalty should be an option for the former waitress’ sentence.

Minutes after her conviction for killing a former boyfriend, Arias told a TV station she would “prefer to die sooner than later,” complicating matters for defense lawyers who had hoped to spare her life during the penalty phase of the trial. The case was scheduled to resume Thursday, but court officials postponed it until Wednesday without explanation.

The surprising interview with Fox affiliate KSAZ only added to the circus-like environment surrounding the trial, which has become a cable TV sensation with its graphic tales of sex, lies and violence.

Since her arrest, Arias has repeatedly sought the spotlight, including TV interviews, 18 days on the witness stand before a global audience, jailhouse tweets, selling artwork from behind bars, and now the post-conviction comments. Adding to the spectacle of the trial, authorities on Thursday arrested an 18-year-old Phoenix man in connection with a bomb threat that was posted via Twitter after the Arias verdict was announced. Officials conducted bomb sweeps of the courthouse but found nothing.

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