Jodi Arias '48 Hours' Interview: Tells Fabricated Story, Home Invasion Caused Murder (WATCH VIDEO)
CBS aired a 2008 interview with accused killer Jodi Arias on Saturday, Jan. 19, filmed the same year her lover was killed.
Arias, 32, spoke with reporter Maureen Maher for a CBS special not long after her then lover, Travis Alexander, was found murdered in his Mesa home in June of 2008.
During the CBS special, "48 Hours' Picture Perfect: The Trial of Jodi Arias," Maher asked Arias why she did not call 911 or anyone else on the day Alexander was found dead. Arias told "48 Hours" the same fictional account she told local police at the time - that there was a home invasion with two men, which resulted in Alexander's murder. She also shared with Maher her whereabouts on the night he died, her passion for recording their steamy intimate encounters on camera, and revealed that she received threats in the California jail where she was held before she was extradited to Arizona to stand trial.
Arias went into detail about a story she created about the crime. She claimed two people dressed in black armed with a knife and a gun attacked Alexander shortly after the couple had a steamy encounter in his home. Arias said Alexander was stabbed and on the floor when she bolted the house. She said she never told anyone about the incident because she was sure he was alive when she fled the crime scene.
"It was the scariest experience of my life," Arias told "48 Hours" in the interview of the fictional attack. "It was just so unreal. It was like a movie unfolding. Like a horrible movie."
Arias tried to defend herself when questioned whether she committed the murder, telling Maher that it was something she wouldn't have done because she has her "whole future" ahead of her.
"I've been sitting a lot in my cell thinking, 'What a waste,' you know? I did have my whole future ahead of me," she said. "I had everything to lose and nothing to gain if I killed Travis. I loved him and still love him."
Both prosecutors and defense attorneys intend to use the footage from the "48 Hours" interview as evidence when the trial resumes on Jan. 29. The defense attorneys admitted that their client lied and stated that Arias killed Alexander out of self-defense because he was a controlling "sexual predator."
Arias is accused of murdering the 30-year-old motivational speaker. Evidence presented in the trial so far prove that Alexander was stabbed 27 times, shot in the face and his throat slit from ear to ear in his Mesa, Ariz., home in 2008.
If Arias is charged for the murder she will likely face the death penalty.
Watch a clip below from Arias' video interview where she lied about the night Alexander was murdered.
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