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

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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.