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Murder case woman wants death sentence

A California woman convicted of murdering her lover has said she hopes to be given a death sentence. Jodi Arias (32) was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering Travis Alexander in 2008.

After her arrest, Arias (pictured), maintained for two years that the 30-year-old had been murdered by masked intruders. She then claimed that she had killed him in self-defence. He was shot in the face, stabbed 27 times and slashed in the throat.

"I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom," she said.

Arias is on a suicide watch. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent