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Jodi Arias to address jurors in penalty phase of murder trial as panel considers life or death

  • 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)

    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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Judge Sherry Stephens denies the request from Jodi Arias' defense attorneys Jennifer Wilmott and Kirk Nurmi to withdraw from the case on Monday, May 20, 2013 during the penalty phase of Arias' murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias was convicted May 8, 2013 of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)

    Judge Sherry Stephens denies the request from Jodi Arias' defense attorneys Jennifer Wilmott and Kirk Nurmi to withdraw from the case on Monday, May 20, 2013 during the penalty phase of Arias' murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias was convicted May 8, 2013 of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott on Monday, May 20, 2013 during the penalty phase of Arias' murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, AZ.  Jodi 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)

    Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney Jennifer Wilmott on Monday, May 20, 2013 during the penalty phase of Arias' murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, AZ. Jodi 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)  (The Associated Press)

When Jodi Arias addresses the jury in her murder trial, the big question will be whether she pleads for mercy or repeats what she told a TV reporter minutes after her conviction: She would rather be executed than serve life in prison.

After nearly five months of testimony, Arias' final words will soon bring the trial to an end.

Her own attorneys tried to quit the case after complaining the trial had become a witch hunt. But the judge swiftly rejected the request. Arias will now be the only witness testifying on her behalf.

She is set to speak early Tuesday. The jury will then begin deliberations to decide whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or death for the 2008 killing of boyfriend Travis Alexander.