Mesa police chief applauds work on Arias case

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead says he's very pleased with the police work that helped lead to a first-degree murder conviction of Jodi Arias.

He called lead detective Esteban Flores' work "exemplary," and also praised the lab workers and other support staff. Milstead said: "To not have police work come into question in a real high-profile case is amazing."

A jury on Wednesday convicted Arias in the gruesome slaying of her one-time boyfriend Travis Alexander after 15 hours of deliberations.

She claimed he attacked her and she fought for her life. Prosecutors said she killed out of jealous rage.