“I think I just went blank…I just feel overwhelmed,” Arias told Phoenix television station KSAZ when asked how she felt after learning her fate.
Despite all 12 jurors voting Arias premeditated Alexander’s killing, Arias told the station, “There was no premeditation on my part.”
“I can see how things looked that way but I didn't expect the premeditation,” Arias said during the interview.
Jurors will return to court Thursday for the aggravation phase of the trial, during which it will be decided if Arias killed Alexander in a cruel manner. If the jury finds the aggravating factor has been met, the sentencing phase begins where the jury will decide if Arias lives or dies.
“I said years ago that I’d rather get death than life and it’s still true today,” Arias told KSAZ. “I believe death is the ultimate freedom so I’d rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department issued a media release Wednesday night stating Arias was placed on “suicide protocol” following her interview due to “some of her statements.”
The aggravation phase of Arias’ trial begins Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET on HLN.