Jodi Arias death penalty: Jury deliberating life or death in Phoenix murder trial

PHOENIX - Jurors in the Jodi Arias murder trial have gone home for the day after deliberating Tuesday afternoon whether the convicted killer should get a life sentence or execution.

Defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott wrapped up a second round of closing arguments in front of the jury around 3 p.m.

Jurors went home around 4:30 p.m. Deliberations are expected to continue at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Arias agreed to talk to several media outlets while in jail, even while the jury deliberates her fate.

Wilmott followed prosecutor Juan Martinez's closing arguments, during which he reminded jurors of the violent nature of the crime and things victim Travis Alexander would no longer be able to do.

In her initial statements, Willmott argued that people, including Arias, are "far better than their very worst deed." She also spent much of her closing statements reiterating the "good things" Arias could do from behind bars.

Arias herself spoke to the jury Tuesday morning, pleading with jurors to spare her life and showing them a slideshow of photos from throughout her life.

If the jury decides Arias should not be sentenced to the death penalty, Judge Sherry Stephens will set another hearing to determine between a natural life sentence or 25 years to life.


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