Arias speaks on own behalf as jury considers death

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Jodi Arias looks at her family on Monday, May 20, 2013 during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias 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. (The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)

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PHOENIX (AP) — 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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