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Interrogation video shows Arias insisting she didn't kill Alexander

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PHOENIX -

Jodi Arias drove close to 3,000 miles in the days before and after Travis Alexander's murder -- and even met with another love interest in Utah days after the crime.

Those are just a few of the details emerging from the courtroom Wednesday.

The man who rented to Jodi Arias told the jury her was surprised to see she had driven so many miles. Initially she told him she was staying the area near Redding, California where she rented the car.

The most dramatic testimony Wednesday came from the Mesa Police detective who interrogated Arias. Prosecutors played the tapes in court.

Detective Esteban Flores went to California to interview Jodi Arias back in 2008. In one of their final interviews, Arias continued to claim she didn't kill 30-year-old Travis Alexander.

"So you are going to continue to tell me you did not do this to him," said Det. Flores.

"I did not kill Travis," Arias replied.

The detective continued to press Arias, saying the evidence doesn't support her story that two intruders killed Alexander, shooting him and stabbing close to 30 times.

"If I had it in me to kill him, the least I could have done is make it humane as possible and quick or something," she said.

Arias eventually changed her story, admitting to killing Alexander but doing so in self-defense. Her attorney attacked the detective's interview strategy in court Wednesday.

"At that point when I was interviewing her I was kind of reaching at things, trying to figure out where she was going with the story, so of course I would reach out and try to see where she is coming from," said Flores.

The jury also had a few questions for the detective -- including if any knives were missing from Alexander's Mesa home. None were missing. And where were his roommates at the time of the murder? Both were gone.

In that interrogation video, just before the detective leaves, he gives Arias once last chance to open up.

Flores: "Is that how you want to leave it. You want to stop here and that is how you want to leave it."

Arias: "I know I didn't take Travis' life."

Flores: "I know you did."

Arias: "I know you don't believe me."

Flores: "I don't believe you."

Also on the stand today was a police officer who pulled Arias over in Utah for driving her rental car with the license plate attached upside down. He said he had never pulled someone over for that before.

The trial continues.

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