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Parents of Jodi Arias: She has 'mental issues'

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Jodi Arias' parents believe she has a mental illness. They told that to Mesa investigators during separate videotaped interviews, the day she was arrested for murder nearly 5 years ago.

Jurors have not seen the video of Jodi's parents. The court released it after a public information request.

Both of her parents said they felt she had a mental illness and said Jodi's friends had called them concerned about her mental health before.

Before police started asking questions, Jodi Arias' mother, Sandra, covered her face.

"I feel like I'm going to puke," Sandra said.

Police asked her what Jodi was doing around the time her boyfriend Travis Alexander was killed in 2008.

"She told me she was going to Utah, then she came back and she was fine. How could somebody... you say she did this, come back and just be normal?... The first thing I asked her, did you go to Arizona? She said no I was nowhere near Arizona I have gas receipts and everything to prove it."

Sandra said her daughter cried for days when friends told her the news Travis was dead.

"Did she just snap or what? How could she come back here and be normal, then when her friends called and told her he died, she totally freaked out like she knew nothing about it."

Then her mother revealed this.

"Jodi has mental problems, Jodi would freak out all the time," said Sandra Arias. "I had quite a few of her friends call and tell me I needed to get her some help. I had one friend call me in the middle of the night, he even called a hotline for bipolar people. He said Jodi's bipolar and she needs help that's why we talked her in to coming back up here so she could be around family."

In a separate interview, Jodi's father also told police he thought she had mental issues.

"She called me and started yelling and I said 'have you ever thought of yourself as being bipolar?' And she cried hysterically," said William Arias.

After Travis' murder, arias told her father she was leaving.

"I said, 'well what are you running away from if you're not guilty?' She said, 'I don't want to be a part of it.'"

Police told Jodi's parents they had a lot of evidence pointing to Jodi as the killer.

"I just can't even imagine, my God, I can't I just can't even think about it," said Sandra Arias. "So what happens if she's found guilty? She'll be sentenced for however long they decide? For the rest of her life probably?"

Sandra and William said they did not have a trusting relationship with their daughter. They said she never talked about Travis or showed them photos of him.

"I said you need some help Jodi, you've got this fantasy in your head you had a rotten childhood and that we searched your room all the time and we didn't," said Sandra.

Jodi's parents said she was not on medication for any mental illness. Her mother said Jodi Arias was in serious debt and talked about committing suicide. Arias has testified she killed Alexander in self-defense.

If convicted, she faces the death penalty.

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