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Friends of Alexander react to Jodi Arias verdict, call it justice

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The past five years have been gut wrenching for family and friends of Travis Alexander. They were anxious for a verdict of first degree murder, and when they finally heard from the jury, they looked relieved.

Alexander's loved ones gasped in the courtroom, started sobbing, and hugged each other when they heard the words "first degree murder - guilty." Afterwards, some of his friends spoke to FOX 10.

"Just vindicated. Justice is finally taking its course. We're finally seeing this come to an end after five long years of just waiting as she prolonged this case by doing legal maneuvers to put the family through more hell," said Dave Hall, a friend of Travis Alexander.

"She just acted like she wasn't even hardly shocked and then afterwards she looked at the jury and just kind of smirked at them and it was just crazy to me," said David Hughes, another friend of Alexander.

"I actually showered in that shower that he was found dead in, that was my shower for a month and that sink, so I'm really happy about the verdict. However it's still not going to bring my friend back," said Elisha Schabel.

"Justice always prevails, she gets what she gets… I can't wait to see her beg for her life," said Pam Larson.

When asked about the sentencing, most said Jodi Arias should pay the ultimate price -- death.

"If what she did to Travis does not justify the death penalty in America, then why do we have one?" said Hall.

After the verdict, Travis Alexander's family met with Mesa's police chief. They announced that they were pleased with the verdict.

"I got to talk to several of the family members afterward. They wanted to first say thank you and I wanted to tell them we were proud to honorably represent what had occurred," said Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead.

This trial has got people across the valley and around the world hoping and praying for justice for Travis. Hundreds of people were gathered outside the courthouse and erupted in cheers after hearing the news.

"I've gotten to know the family and they're such a sweet sweet family I'm so happy, I can't even explain. I'm just so glad that the family doesn't have to go through this anymore," said Mikalann Dillon. "It's over for them and they know she didn't get away with it, her lies are no more."

Finally a small piece of closure for this family that has gone through so much.

Full statement by the family of Travis Alexander

Travis Alexander's surviving brothers and sisters Samantha Alexander, Gary Alexander, Dennis "Greg" Alexander, Tanisha Sorenson, Hillary Wilcox, Steven Alexander, and Allie Iglesias are in agreement with the jury's verdict of the guilt against Jodi Arias.

They would like to thank county attorney Juan Martinez and Detective Steve Flores for their hard and professionalism in this case. The siblings appreciate the outpouring of support they have received from the public.

Buesing, Hernacki & Beckstead PLLC will be filing a civil wrongful death suit on behalf of the siblings against Jodi Arias in the near future.

The siblings request that their privacy be respected. They will not be making any further statements or participating in any interviews until the sentencing phase is complete.

 


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