Jodi Arias: 'I Would Much Rather Die Sooner Than Later'

Woman convicted of first-degree murder is on suicide watch after an interview with local TV.
2:26 | 05/09/13

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The guilty verdict in the jodi arias trial. She was convicted of first degree murder late on wednesday and today the jury returns to court to begin cdering her punishment. Abc's ryan owens is in phoenix, arizona, with the latest for us. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Convicted killer jodi arias is on suicide watch at the jail this morning after telling a local television station here she would rather die than spend the rest of her life in prison. But, of course, that's not up to her. First degree murder, guilty. Reporter: Jodi arias could only wait a few minutes after being convicted to find a television camera and start talking. She told a fox station here in phoenix what she wants the jury to do now. The worst outcome for me would be natural life. I would much rather die sooner than later. Reporter: She may get her wish. 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. Reporter: The jury of eight men and four women deliberated 15 hours convicting arias of the premeditated murder of her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander, who she shot and repeatedly stabbed. Alexander's family exhaled in relief and broke down in tears when they heard the word "guilty." As for jodi arias dressed in all black she barely flinched. It was almost as if she knew it was coming. Outside the phoenix courthouse, the crowd erupted as word spread that the state's most know torous defendant is now offici officially a convicted killer. Travis alexander's closest friends chris and skye hughes sat down with abc news just after the verdict. It's been a tough five years and today was -- today was a really important day for our life and we're just glad it turned out the way it did. I feel like I can breathe again. Reporter: So the jodi arias trial is a long way from being over. Later today, the prosecution will present aggravating factors, basically arguing to this jury just how cruel this murder was, then next week, the punishment phase begins and jodi arias who you might remember testified for 18 days during this phase of the trial. We'll get a chance to see her take the stand again and perhaps beg for her life.

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