PHOENIX, AZ - An Arizona jury resumes deliberations in the Jodi Arias murder trial Wednesday. Jurors must decide whether Arias will face the death penalty. On Tuesday Arias asked them to spare her life. That night she gave an interview from jail.
Jodi Arias began her plea for her life with an acknowledgement of the pain she has caused the family of Travis Alexander, the former boyfriend she brutally murdered in 2008.
"Nothing drove that point home for me more than when I heard them speak last week. I never meant to cause them so much pain." said Arias. "To this day I can hardly believe I was capable of such violence. But I know that I was. And for that I'm going to be sorry for the rest of my life."
The rest of her statement to the jury was in sharp contrast to the interview she gave to a local reporter minutes after her conviction. Then, she spoke of suicide and said she would prefer the death penalty.
"I didn't know then that if I got life instead of death that I could become employed and self-reliant. I didn't know that if I got life there are many things I can do to affect positive change and contribute in a meaningful way. In prison there are programs I can start and people I can help." said Arias.
Arias promised, among the things, to continue her practice of donating hair to cancer victims, and to teach Spanish, sign language and reading to other inmates.
One surprise, she displayed the t-shirt she's been selling to raise money for domestic violence victims even though the jury rejected her claims that she killed Alexander in self-defense.
"Some people may not believe that I am a survivor of domestic violence. They are entitled to their opinion. I'm supporting this cause because it's very, very important to me." said Arias.
As convicted killer Jodi Arias waits for a jury to decide if she will be executed or sentenced to life in prison, she sat for a new round of media interviews.
Earlier Tuesday, she began pleading for the jury to spare her life by acknowledging the pain she has caused the family of Travis Alexander, the former boyfriend she brutally murdered in 2008.
Without any mitigation witnesses testifying on her behalf, it was entirely left to Arias to appeal for mercy, by showing her artwork and family photos.
"Every time I've had the thought or the desire to commit suicide, there's one element that has always, almost always, caused me to waver. They're sitting right over there, they're my family." said Arias."Either way, I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison. It'll either be shortened or not. If it's shortened, the people who will hurt the most are my family. I'm asking you please, please don't do that to them."
Alexander's family watched in silence, their faces saying everything.
Casey Wian - CNN