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May 22, 2013 6:53 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jodie Arias talks candidly about her conviction and possible execution

(KPNX) On the evening after Jodi Arias' fate went to the jury, she seemed to hold out hope her life would be spared.

In a joint jailhouse interview Tuesday with NBC Phoenix affiliate KPNx, Arias said she doesn't know if the jury will come back with life or death.

"Whatever they come back with I will have to deal with it," she said. "I have no other choice.

"I don't know about the ultimate decision, but my attorneys think it will be quick."

So quick that she has already had her belongings moved out of her cell at the Estrella Jail late Tuesday. And a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said that Arias will likely be transported to the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville immediately after the verdict, whether it is for life or for death.

After nearly five months, the circus at Maricopa County Superior Court came to an end.

Arias, 32, was convicted May 8 of first-degree murder for the brutal 2008 slaying of Travis Alexander.

"It felt like a huge sense of unreality," Arias said about hearing the guilty verdict. "I felt betrayed, actually, by the jury. I was hoping they would see things for what they are. I felt really awful for my family and what they were thinking."

Last week, the jury quickly found that the murder was committed in an especially cruel manner, opening Arias to a possible death sentence.

And then, when a mitigation witness failed to testify, claiming intimidation, and the judge denied a mistrial, Arias' attorneys pulled the plug on the phase of the trial during which mitigating evidence is presented to try to convince the jury to spare the defendant's life.

The lawyers apparently want to take their chances in appeals court.

Arias addressed the jurors Tuesday morning.

She told them that after the conviction, she wanted to die, but had since changed her mind.

"I can't, in good conscience, ask you to sentence me to death because of them," she said, pointing to her family.

She told them that she wanted to teach Spanish and literacy skills from behind bars, market T-shirts to benefit abuse survivors and to donate her hair to charities for cancer survivors.

She showed her artwork to the jury.

Then her attorney asked jurors to sentence her to life in prison. The prosecutor asked them to sentence her to death.

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