On June 4, 2008, salesman Travis Alexander was murdered at his home in Mesa, Arizona. He sustained multiple stab wounds, a gunshot to the head, and his throat was cut; the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. Jodi Arias, Alexander's ex-girlfriend, was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8, 2013. At trial, Arias testified that she had killed Alexander in self-defense. The murder and trial received widespread media attention, the level of which has been considered a media circus.