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Five years ago in June of 2008, Mesa Police responded to Travis Alexander's home. Detectives began working the case that culminated in today's guilty verdict.

And those same detectives were in the courtroom when the verdict was returned.

This marked the end of years' worth of police work. The Mesa Police chief was in the courtroom, and told FOX 10 this verdict is proof detectives put together a rock solid case.

Jodi Arias' words came back to haunt her, thanks to Detective Esteban Flores, whose dogged questioning led to multiple stories from Arias.

"It was just an exemplary piece of detective work."

Chief Frank Milstead praised his detectives after the verdict and singled out Flores, who was also in the courtroom when the verdict came down.

"I told him that he did an incredible job. The fact that he was able to continue to lock in to different stories and show the madness that went on in her mind in reference to making up things I think was brilliant," said Milstead.

Mesa Police and the Alexander family have been close throughout the past 5 years.

"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," he said. "They were very complimentary of the work of the Mesa Police Department."

That work led to statements from Jodi like this one from her 2008 interrogation: "If I had it in me anywhere to kill him, the least I could have done was make it was humane as possible or quick or something."

While the case seemed to take on a life of its own, the investigators never lost sight of who they were working for.

"I think the case got lost in the salacious nature of the testimony. It's unfortunate because really you have to look at a man was killed in a jealous rage. The effects that it has on all the members of the community and the family, I just didn't want the case to get lost in everything else."

In the past with high profile cases, we've seen defense attorneys question the evidence or blast investigators for sloppy police work.

That did not happen with this case, and the chief said it's thanks to the detectives and their great work.


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