Jodi Arias Trial: Jury deliberating sentence for convicted killer
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PHOENIX - A jury began deliberating Jodi Arias' fate Tuesday, deciding whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or execution.
Arias spoke to jurors Tuesday in the penalty phase of her murder trial, asking them to spare her life. From teaching to selling T-shirts and even donating her own hair, Arias outlined a strange future in prison.
She said she'd use her time in prison to bring about positive changes, including helping recycle trash and raising money for domestic abuse victims.
"To this day, I can hardly believe I was capable of such violence, but I know that I was. And for that, I will be sorry for the rest of my life. Probably longer," said Arias.
Clutching her notes, Arias stood before a jury and pleaded for her life.
The same jury earlier this month convicted the former waitress of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of her one-time lover.
Arias said Tuesday she "lacked perspective" when she told a local reporter in a post-conviction interview that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.
"I can't in good conscience ask you to sentence me to death, because of them," Arias said, referring to her family.
Arias said it's the feeling of her family that caused her to change her mind about her life.
"If it's shortened, the people who will hurt the most are my family. I'm asking you please, please, do not do that to them," said Arias.
As she talked of family, the family of Travis Alexander listened, including his sister Samantha, a Carlsbad police officer.
As Arias made her case, the convicted killer showed pictures of her childhood.
She displayed photos of her artwork, and said she could contribute positive things with her life.
Arias held up a T-shirt she designed with the word "survivor," announcing all proceeds from T-shirt sales would go toward domestic violence causes.
She vowed to continue to donate her hair to Locks of Love, and she also said she'd start various literary programs in prison, perhaps a book club.
"This is one small thing that could have a far reaching impact on the community and the planet," said Arias.
In previous testimony, Samantha Alexander showed the last picture taken of her and her brother.
Arias said it pained her to know that would be the last photo taken of the two.
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