Jodi Arias addresses court during sentencing hearing

Apr 13, 2015, 10:17 AM | Updated: 10:59 am
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PHOENIX — Convicted killer Jodi Arias addressed the court Monday during her sentencing hearing.

It was originally thought Arias would keep her silence as Judge Sherry Stephens mulled a sentence of natural life in prison or the possibility of parole in 25 years.

During her statement, for the first time Monday, Arias said she remembered killing Travis Alexander in 2008.

“I do remember the moment when the knife went into Travis’ throat and he was still conscious,” she said.

Arias rehashed her disbelief at her actions, saying she was “disgusted” and “repulsed” by what happened. She apologized to Alexander’s family.

“The most important thing I want to say is I’m sorry for the enormous amount of pain I caused to the people that knew Travis,” she said.

Arias said she had wanted to ask for death for years, but later begged for her life because the death sentence would be an escape from accountability.

Despite the conciliatory tone she struck, Arias alleged prosecutor Juan Martinez and police conspired to change the murder narrative to make her look worse. She also claimed she attempted to settle the case on numerous occasions, but the Alexander family pressed for a trial.

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Jodi Arias addresses court during sentencing hearing