“I didn't know that if I got life, there are many things I can do to affect positive change and contribute in a meaningful way,” the 32-year-old convicted murderer told jurors.
Arias went on further explain that she could do things like start a book club, recycling program, teach other inmates sign language and sell “Survivor” T-shirts in hopes to help victims of domestic violence.
After watching the full statement, juror 8, who was dismissed from trial last month, expressed his reaction to HLN's Dr. Drew.
“I thought it was … kind of pathetic – the whole thing,” 52-year-old Daniel Gibb said. “It was just more words coming out of her mouth -- really nothing I guess surprised me too much.”
When asked if anything stood out, Gibb responded. “I guess it went from a circus to a freak show when she held that T-shirt up and it said ‘Survivor’. It kind of made me think that, ‘She's [the only] survivor in this whole thing.'"
Later in the interview, Gibb jokingly said, “I'd like to see her business plan on the recycling for the prison. It was all just kind of silly. None of that really carried any weight as far as I'm concerned, considering what she did.”
On more serious note though, the former juror stated, “I don't know if she was allowed to address directly the Alexander family, but I would have liked to just see her apologize for what she did and take responsibility.”
According to courtroom spectators, Gibb actively took notes and had asked witnesses many questions. He spent nearly four months with the jury and was the third juror to be released from the trial.
The jury will continue to deliberate Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET on whether to sentence Arias to death via lethal injection. They have already convicted her of first-degree murder in the brutal slaying of Arias’ ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.