Jodi Arias Shaken, Crying as She Told One Last Lie About Killing Ex-Boyfriend, Prosecutors Say

PHOTO: Jodi Arias sits in court on Jan. 15, 2013.
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Jodi Arias was cornered, wearing an orange jump suit and crying, with her knees pulled up to her chest and her hands shaking, when she came up with one last lie, prosecutors say, to tell police about the killing of her ex-boyfriend.

Intruders came in and murdered Travis Alexander and then threatened to kill Arias and her family, she told police in a 2008 taped interview played at her murder trial today in Arizona.

"He was kneeling down in the shower, I don't remember, I was taking pictures, and I don't really know what happened after that exactly, except I think he was shot," Arias said on the tape, crying and placing her face in her hands, and then rocking back and forth in her chair.

"I was on my knees here and I heard this loud ring, I don't really remember except Travis was screaming," she said.

Arias is on trial and facing the death penalty for the murder of Alexander, 30, whom she has admitted to killing but claims it was in self-defense. Prosecutors allege that she murdered him out of jealousy in a "heinous and depraved" manner.

Detective Esteban Flores of the Mesa, Ariz., police department had spent two days interviewing Arias after she was arrested for the murder of Alexander. He explained the mountain of evidence, including blood samples, hair follicles, and pictures placing her at the scene of the crime.

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After a month of denying that she was at Alexander's home, she finally said she was there, but so were two other individuals. She said she had never confessed it before out of fear for her family's safety.

"They didn't discuss much, they just argued about whether or not to kill me because I'm a witness, of Travis, but I didn't really witness it, I didn't see much," Arias said to Flores.

"You need to make this believable. This doesn't make any sense to me," Flores said.

"They got my license and registration. My parents address was on it," she said.

Arias admitted to killing Alexander in later interviews with police. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty because of the way they say she killed him, stabbing Alexander 27 times, slashing his throat, and shooting him in the head.

In interviews leading up to her confession, Arias was confident, leaning back in her chair and resting her head in her hands on the table as she calmly told Flores she was not even in Arizona when Alexander was killed.

"There 's no evidence to show that anyone else did this but you," Flores told Arias in the first interview. "I'm not seeing any remorse, anything from you, to make me believe anything otherwise. You can continue to say I didn't do it, but you're the kid who got caught stealing the candy and continue to say it wasn't me. I have the proof. Why won't you admit to it?"

"I didn't kill Travis," Arias said. "I did not take his life."

In the final interview played this afternoon, on the seventh day of her murder trial, Arias appeared quieter and more nervous than previously. She had spent the night in jail after her initial interview, in which Flores told her she would charged and tried for murder.

Earlier in the day, prosecutors presented evidence that Arias tried to cover her tracks after killing Alexander by making a flurry of phone calls to his cell phone and hacking into his voice mailbox, prosecutors alleged today.

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