Jodi Arias: Give Me Death Penalty

'Death is the ultimate freedom'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2013 2:57 AM CDT | Updated May 9, 2013 4:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Now that she's been convicted of murder, Jodi Arias would prefer the death penalty to life in prison, she told Fox 10 Phoenix immediately after the verdict was given. "The worst outcome for me would be natural life ... Longevity runs in my family, and I don't want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place," she said. "I said years ago I'd rather get death than life and that still is true today. I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it."

The first-degree murder conviction "was unexpected for me," she said. "There was no premeditation on my part." She also reflected on the trial: "If I had just been honest from the beginning, I would be in a different place and so would everyone else," she said. "Because of what I've done a lot of people will hurt for a long time." Asked what she'd do today if she found "blood on (her) hands," she replied, "I would turn around and drive over to the Mesa Police Department." Arias was placed under 24-hour suicide watch after the interview, Fox 10 reports. The AP has more.

Jodi Arias looks at her family after being found of guilty of first-degree murder in the gruesome killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Phoenix.
Jodi Arias looks at her family after being found of guilty of first-degree murder in the gruesome killing her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)
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