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-- areas had claimed she was the victim of abuse at the hands over the next boyfriend.
Even though the defense did not present a single shred of evidence of that abuse.
Instead the attorneys called a psychologist who claimed that based on his findings -- Ares had suffered from -- post traumatic stress disorder.
And this domestic violence expert right here also testified the -- areas showed signs of abuse.
Prosecutors pointed out that expert had previously given a seminar entitled is Snow White.
A battered woman.
Joining us now the criminal defense attorney Brian Foster he's been in this courtroom and covered the trial as a legal analyst for our station.
Don't locally KS -- Fox ten for Phoenix but good to see you and thank you surprises at all.
You know what I was not surprised I was only surprised that the jury took probably about a day longer than I thought they would to reach under unanimous verdict.
-- now we move on to what is probably the most crucial phase of the ball.
And that is well first you have to have this hearing at -- and then basically a mini trial on whether she should be put to death.
Yeah that's exactly what's gonna happen -- are gonna -- what they call the prosecution have to establish.
That's the elements.
Not cruel and heinous crimes were committed here and if that in fact occurs and if he had jury can reach a unanimous verdict.
That they've proven that beyond any reasonable doubt.
-- the case will proceed to the penalty phase which will determine whether or not Shiite gets the death penalty or not -- we're talking about it if this -- in California would be special circumstances in the -- I guess it's.
Aggravating circumstances and there's a list of them and only one of them has to be met right.
And that's absolutely right the state has to prove beyond any reasonable doubt.
That this was a heinous crime are that it was cruel and depraved and you're right there's a whole laundry list of things that -- that can be shown.
-- in this case I think they'll focus primarily on you know cruel or heinous just given the graphic and horrific way that she basically slaughtered this guy -- that you.
-- your spot on outlook.
It's confusing to some people but they're you know she's guilty but seven of the twelve also -- guilty of felony murder.
-- explain very briefly became what that means it and what that portends if any thing for this next face the death penalty phase if that happens.
Okay -- they got all of the jurors found that there was premeditated first degree murder and I think seven of the jurors also found.
That there was clear -- clear convincing evidence of felony murder and what that meant was that.
He was actually killed while she was in the act of committing a felony and they were a number of different felonies that Martinez in the state presented.
That's the jury could find as the credit get her first step in -- to find that the F felony murder -- occurred in date seven of them found that five of them did not.
Whether that bears any relation to what the jury's gonna do in the penalty phase.
I think it does I think there's at least seven of the jurors chef who are going to be sitting back thinking.
You know I found her guilty of first -- -- murder on two different counts and I think that does not bode well for -- area -- Bryant.
Only on fox believe it or not -- -- is speaking out.
We will hear what -- -- herself has to say about the verdict today in her own words tonight on the record with Greta Van Susteren 10 o'clock eastern time only.
On fox Brian how did that happen.
How does she get the speed and overall this.
Well I tell you what you know she she has the right to speak to the media -- she's done that both before the trial.
And during the trial through tweets.
I'm sure that her defense counsel has been screaming at her to not do that.
But -- areas this is her twenty seconds of fame and she's -- milk it for everything she -- so am -- surprised at all that she's doing.
A live interview.
On her reaction to the verdict not at all and I'm not shocked that says she's gonna continue to do this type the stuff I'm just happy to fox is covering it that's fantastic -- Well you -- here's the thing after the verdict and before the penalty phase before this same exact jury.
Is able to decide whether she lives or dies tonight.
The world will hear from her now the jury's not supposed to listen to any media.
Not supposed to again -- area just speaks after the verdict not live as he mentioned but after the verdict today.
Tonight on the record with Greta Van Susteren it is an absolute must see tonight well.
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