Death sentence or life in prison? Jury begins deliberating Jodi Arias’ sentence

Jodi Arias addresses the jury on Tuesday during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. She was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008.

Rob Schumacher

PHOENIX -- A jury has been sent to begin deliberating Jodi Arias’ fate, 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. She says she’d use her time in prison to bring about positive changes, including helping recycle trash and raising money for domestic abuse victims.

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.

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