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Jodi Arias talks exclusively with FOX 10 after verdict

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In an exclusive interview with FOX 10's Troy Hayden, minutes after the verdict was read, Jodi Arias opened up about the jury's decision and what comes next.

"I think I just went blank... I just feel overwhelmed. I think I just need to take it a day at a time. It was unexpected for me... There was no premeditation on my part."

"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. 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."

"I think the way everything happened, if I had just been honest from the beginning I would be in a different place and so would everyone else. And because of what I've done a lot of people will hurt for a long time."

About the jury: "I prayed prior to trial that the right jurors would be on... so I just have to believe those were the right jurors."

On if she thinks her lawyer Kirk Nurmi likes her: "We got along very well for a long time and then we've just had clashes in ideas and ultimately he's the boss."

About prosecutor Juan Martinez: "I think that if it had been any sooner--the trial did take a long time to finally get here--if it had been any sooner I would have melted, I would have just fallen apart. But my confidence came on the stand from knowing that I'm up there and I'm ready to speak the truth and I know that I was. I know what happened and that gave me a sense of inner strength to handle [Juan Martinez]. He can throw whatever curve balls he wants, I know what happened."

She did have a message for the family of Travis Alexander -- that she hopes this verdict brings them peace. But at no point did she say she was sorry.

Troy: "So if you had to do this over again, here in the desert, you notice you have blood on your hands. How do you handle it?"

Arias: "I would turn around and drive over to the Mesa Police Department."

Troy: "And what do you think would've happened to you then?"

Arias: "I don't know but it would've been the right thing. Because of what I've done a lot of people will hurt for a long time."

"There's a lot of regret because I was really hoping to get a plea and avoid talking about a lot of things that came out about him... we could've been able to avoid the murkier aspects of his life that he kept hidden... now the curtain has been drawn and you can see the hypocrisy and everything that was there."

Troy: "Say you get a long sentence, how are you going to spend your life?"

Arias: [through tears] "I haven't decided yet."

In 2008, Arias famously gave another jailhouse interview. In it, she said, "I didn't commit a murder. I didn't hurt Travis. I would never hurt Travis. No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that."

After the interview with Troy Hayden, Jodi Arias was moved into the psych ward for 24-hour suicide watch.

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