Jodi Arias penalty phase delayed after testimony

San Diego woman brings Jodi Arias to tears

PHOENIX - Jurors deciding Jodi Arias' fate have been sent home after proceedings were inexplicably delayed.

The panel was brought to tears earlier Thursday as they heard statements from the victim's family members describing how their lives were ripped apart by the killing.

The victim's siblings, one who is from the San Diego area, had gut wrenching words for the courtroom.

“I don't want these nightmares anymore,” said Steven Alexander, whose brother, Travis, was killed by Arias.  “I don't want to see his murderer anymore."

“To this day, my mind paints a picture of what happened the night Travis was taken,” said Travis’ sister Samantha Alexander.

Samantha is a Carlsbad police officer who said she sat through every day of this nationally-watched trial.

“I am a police officer and some of these photos are more gruesome than I have ever seen in my 11 years in law enforcement,” she said addressing the jury. “Our minds our permanently stained with the images of our poor brother's throat slit from ear to ear.”

Samantha recalls the phone call from her sister when she learned her brother had been killed.

“[My sister] screamed at me, she said ’Samantha, Travis is dead,'” she recalled, fighting back tears.  “Our lives will never be the same."

Arias was found guilty of shooting and stabbing Alexander at least 30 times, including in the heart, after prosecutors said he wanted to break off their relationship.

The siblings addressed the jury in an effort to convince them that Arias should get the ultimate punishment.

Arias, herself, was supposed to take the stand Thursday afternoon, but jurors were sent home after proceedings were inexplicably delayed.

The same jury convicted Arias of first-degree murder last week. During the trial's ongoing final penalty phase, the panel will decide whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death for the 2008 murder of her one-time lover.

The 32-year-old acknowledged killing Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008, but claimed it was self-defense. Authorities say it was a premeditated murder fueled by jealousy.

Trial is set to resume Monday, when Arias is expected to address jurors.

10News will monitor those developments.

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