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Arias told FOX 10 she has no mitigating factors

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Travis Alexander's image was smeared by Jodi Arias as part of her defense. She made some outrageous accusations, painting him as violent, a sexual deviant, and an abuser.

FOX 10's Troy Hayden sat down with Arias moments after she was convicted of murdering Travis Alexander. Here's more of their interview that hasn't been seen yet.

He asked her why she took this ugly tactic during the trial.

Troy: "A lot of people are accusing you of tearing down a dead man's reputation."

Jodi: "I would have been happy to be silent and go quietly into the night off to prison. My defense team decided to rip the lid off because we were forced to trial. Um, the state didn't want to settle. It's not that I wanted to plow ahead and do this, I took the stand strategically because they advised me to and I had to answer the questions posed to me."

Troy: "Why did you lie at the beginning?"

Jodi: "Mostly because I was scared but also because I didn't want certain aspects of my relationship with Travis to come out and I was ashamed at how it happened, how it escalated, um I don't know if there's a word how to describe it. Mortified is one of the closest words, ashamed, things like that."

Troy: "A quote from your trial that's played over and over is Kirk Nurmi saying even he doesn't like you, what do you think when he said that?"

Nurmi: "It's not even about whether or not you like Jodi Arias. 9 days out of 10 I don't like Jodi Arias."

Troy: "You even smiled in it in court."

Jodi: "Um I thought of Elizabeth Johnson's trial and the attorney told them it was important, he told them it's not about whether you like her, just the facts of the case... I believe its standard somewhat. The jurors don't have to like the defendant."

Troy: "Why don't you get along?"

Jodi: "We did for a long time, we just have had clashes in ideas and ultimately he's the boss."

Troy: "Are you happy with your defense?"

Jodi: "I am grateful for my defense."

Troy: "That's not happy though."

Jodi: "Um not 100 percent but they've worked very hard."

Troy: "You have mitigation hearing coming up at penalty phase. You know what your mitigating factors are going to be and how you are going to play that?"

Jodi: "Well I've been told I don't have any mitigating factors."

Troy: "By who?"

Jodi: "My attorney."

Tory: "So Kirk Nurmi said there are no mitigating factors for you in terms of arguing against the death penalty?"

Jodi: "Um nothing that is what you typically see in a case like this, such as a childhood where there was drugs, alcoholism, molestation, none of those things occurred in my family so I guess we would sort of joke that my mom didn't beat me hard enough, so I don't have mitigation."

Troy: "So what are you going to do?"

Jodi: "They feel that I would be a suitable candidate to behave myself in a correctional facility and just not be a problem. That may be their angle, I don't know."


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