Jodi Arias found guilty of first-degree murder of lover, says she would prefer a death sentence

Arias admitted to killing Travis Alexander during the salacious and sensational months-long Arizona murder trial. Now jurors find her guilty and she faces life in prison or a death sentence. She later said in an interview with Fox 10 News that ‘death is the ultimate freedom.’

By David Knowles AND Daniel Beekman
May 8, 2013

Jodi Arias wants to die.

The pretty 32-year-old, convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday for the gruesome slaying of her former lover, said in a post-verdict interview that she prefers death to life behind bars.

“The worst outcome for me would be natural life,” Arias told Phoenix’s Fox 10. “I would rather die much sooner than later. Longevity runs in the family, and I don’t want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place.”

“I believe death is the ultimate freedom,” added Arias, who has been placed on suicide watch, according to authorities. “So I’d rather have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”

It took an Arizona jury just 15 hours to reach a unanimous verdict after a four-month trial — and Arias now faces a death sentence or life in prison.

Her conviction came nearly five years after the now-infamous Arias told “Inside Edition,” “No jury is going to convict me …. You can mark my words on that.” Arias initially denied killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in June 2008, and at one point the waitress and aspiring photographer blamed masked intruders.

But about two years after his death, she confessed to the grisly crime, claiming she was defending herself from Alexander when she shot him in the head.

The body of the 30-year-old salesman and motivational speaker was also found with 27 stab wounds and a slit throat.

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