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US murderess Jodi Arias wants death penalty

A general view of part of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, on July 12, 2011
A general view of part of downtown Phoenix, Arizona, on July 12, 2011. Jodi Arias, the US woman found guilty of murdering her boyfriend in 2008, said she wants the death penalty, as her lurid high-profile case turned Thursday towards sentencing.

Jodi Arias, the US woman found guilty of murdering her boyfriend in 2008, said she wants the death penalty, as her lurid high-profile case turned Thursday towards sentencing.

In a TV interview after a jury found her guilty Wednesday, the 32-year-old said she had not expected to be convicted of premeditated first degree murder for killing 30-year-old ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

"It was unexpected for me us because there was no premeditation on my part, I can see how things looked that way, but I didn't expect the premeditation," she told Fox News.

"I could see maybe the felony murder because of how the law is written .. but the whole time I was fairly confident I wouldn't get the premeditation because there was no premeditation."

The jury which convicted her will now have to decide whether she should get the death penalty. If not she would be jailed for life with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

Arias said she would rather be executed than locked up for life. "I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life, and that's still is true today," she told Fox.

"I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it," she added.

Arias had been on trial since January accused of murdering Alexander in June 2008 in a frenzied attack in which he was stabbed 27 times, shot in the head and had his throat slit.

She claimed she was acting in self-defense, but a jury found Arias guilty of premeditated murder, in a case watched by crowds outside the court in Phoenix, Arizona and carried live on US television.

During the trial the jury heard graphic details about the couple's intense sexual relationship. Arias said she drove to Alexander's house on June 4, 2008, to have sex, but they argued and the dispute ended up with the fatal attack.

"He was chasing me ... I didn't mean to shoot him or anything, I didn't mean to pull the trigger, I was just pointing at him," she said when describing his final moments.

She was asked why she did not call 911 to summon emergency services. "It's hard to describe the fear, it was mortal terror," she said.

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