Arias Tells Jurors What She'll Do If Allowed to Live

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias has told a jury that she can contribute to society from prison if she is allowed to live.

Arias address the jury Tuesday in the penalty phase of her trial as the panel considers whether to sentence her to life in prison or execution.

She says she'd like to start literacy and recycling programs in prison.

Arias also says she never meant to cause pain to the family of Travis Alexander and that her family kept her from committing suicide.

Her lawyers have said Arias is the only witness they'll call to testify on her behalf.

The judge instructed jurors they can consider a handful of factors when deciding what sentence to recommend, including the fact that Arias has no previous criminal record

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Jodi Arias has begun addressing the jury in the penalty phase of her trial as the panel considers whether to sentence her to life in prison or execution.

Arias spoke Tuesday morning before the same jury that convicted her of first-degree murder in the 2008 killing of her one-time lover.

Her lawyers have said Arias is the only witness they'll call to testify on her behalf.

It's unknown whether the former waitress will plead for mercy. She told a TV reporter minutes after she was convicted that she'd rather be executed than spend the rest of her life in prison.

The judge instructed jurors they can consider a handful of factors when deciding what sentence to recommend, including the fact that Arias has no previous criminal record.


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