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Troy explains how he got the Jodi Arias exclusive

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FOX 10's exclusive one-on-one interview with Jodi Arias is generating a lot of conversation -- and people are asking why she chose to sit down with Troy Hayden. How did he land that exclusive interview?

Troy gave us his answer below:

I've been asked the question all day today. On my Twitter page and in person -- how did you get that interview? It was something I've been working on for more than 4 months.

This all started back in late January. I went to the Estrella Women's Jail to do a story on what it's like inside.

I learned that Jodi Arias was housed in a maximum security pod in the towers section of the jail.

I took my photographer back there and I met Jodi. At first I talked to her through her cell door.

Later, we talked out in the open, off-camera, and she told me some things she asked me to keep off the record. I said I would.

After about 45 minutes, as I got up to walk away, she shook my hand and said if I kept her comments off the record she would give me an interview when the trial was over.

A few days later, after the story aired, I sent her an Arizona postcard (it's all you can mail an inmate). I asked her if she saw the story and asked if the deal was still on.

A week later I was approached by a woman on the street. I didn't know who she was, but she said 'Troy, Jodi got your postcard and the deal is still on.'"

It turns out that woman's name is Donovan, a close friend of Jodi's who talks with her regularly. She is also the woman who tweeted for Jodi -- and that's how I broke the story that Jodi was tweeting from behind bars.

A day or two after that, I got this letter from the Estrella Jail.

It read, 'She got your postcard. Thank you for keeping your end of the deal. She will keep hers provided you keep yours through the rest of the trial and keep this correspondence confidential and off the record. Thanks. P.S. all her incoming mail is read by state, so please do not contact again until after verdict.'

And then just this last Sunday, I got this voicemail message left for me at work.

"Hi Troy this is Jodi Arias... I'm a person of my word so I'll keep my word... that's that. good bye." [Press play to hear full voicemail]

I sent the sheriff's office that voicemail, and they knew Jodi wanted to talk to me. They set things up on their end.

So since it was a first degree verdict, and I went straight from the courtroom where that verdict was read to the holding cells below the court.

Jodi was waiting for me there. That's how it was done.

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