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Arias Off Suicide Watch as She Awaits Death Penalty Decision

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 12:45 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Jodi Arias, who was convicted last week of murdering her ex-boyfriend, is off suicide watch five days after she said she'd rather die than spend the rest of her life in prison.

Last week, a jury found Arias, 32, guilty of first-degree murder in the brutal 2008 killing of Travis Alexander in which she reportedly shot him in the head, stabbed him close to 30 times, and slit his throat.

She was placed on suicide watch hours after the verdict was read for making comments to a local television station about wanting to die rather than spend the rest of her natural life behind bars.

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"I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it," she told MyFOXPhoenix.com during a lengthy interview.

Arias underwent a psychological evaluation and she was transferred back to the all-female Estrella Jail in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday, where she is housed in a cell by herself. She is allowed one hour out of her cell a day, in which she can make phone calls or take showers.

The case has captivated the nation like a real-life soap opera, complete with "sex, lies, and dirty little secrets." Arias maintains that she murdered Alexander in self-defense because he had a history of emotionally and physically abusing her. Prosecutors framed Arias as a jealous ex-girlfriend who premeditated and plotted to kill Alexander after learning he was planning a getaway with another woman. The jury agreed.

On Wednesday, Arias' trial is scheduled to resume as the jury weights whether to sentence her to the death penalty.

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If a jury finds she is eligible for the death penalty, she would join only a handful of women on Arizona's death row. Only three of the 125 inmates on death row in Arizona are women, according to the Arizona Republic. A woman hasn't been executed in Arizona since 1930.

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