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Arias media blitz: See what she said on camera

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  • Arias grants interviews to several media outlets as jury deliberates
  • Says her cousin changed her mind about wanting death penalty
Arias media blitz: See what she said on camera

As jurors began deliberating whether Jodi Arias would live or die, she was sitting down with media outlets to speak her mind.   

The interviews took place hours after Arias gave a statement to the jury, asking them to spare her life -- even though, in a post-conviction interview on May 8, she had said she would prefer death to spending her life in prison.

Arias told a reporter from Phoenix TV station KSAZ that her cousin was the one who convinced her to change her mind about wanting the death penalty. "I didn't want to do that to my family," she said. 

When pressed to apologize to Travis Alexander's family, Arias said she was "definitely sorry" even though she didn't say those exact words in her court statement. "I feel that I made my remorse and if I didn't adequately convey it, then I regret that."

"I'm sorry, it seems like saying 'I'm sorry' is so inadequate, because it doesn't really encompass the scope of the remorse that I feel and what I wish that I could change if I had the chance to do it," she said.

She also said that her defense team felt "a little betrayed" when she did her interview after being convicted for murder on May 8.

In an interview with HLN affiliate KNXV in Phoenix, Arias said she had no idea that some people consider her the most hated woman in America. "I feel a lot of love and support from people who write in and believe me," she said.

She also said that she's "ready to meet my maker, but if that time should come -- but if that's their decision it could drag on for years and years," she said. "If I got the death verdict -- this thing just keeps dragging on and on -- I'd really like to just close this chapter and I want people to have closure, get peace," she said, referring to Travis Alexander's family.

One question she appeared to have trouble with was the one that asked if meeting Alexander was the worst thing that had ever happened to her. "I don't even know how to answer that ... it's such a complex question," she said.

The jury continues deliberations Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Watch it live on HLN and on our Live Blog.

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