Jodi Arias looks at her family during the penalty phase of her murder trial Tuesday. Credit: Reuters/Arizona Republic
Convicted killer Jodi Arias testified Tuesday that she can effect positive change in prison if jurors sentence her to a life term and spare her the death penalty for brutally killing her ex-boyfriend in Arizona five years ago.
Arias, 32, was found guilty earlier this month in the murder of Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix-area home in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times, had his throat slashed and been shot in the face. Arias told jurors she had previously considered suicide but now realized she could lead a productive life in prison.
"I didn't know that if I got life there are many things I can do to effect positive change and contribute in a meaningful way. In prison there are programs I can start and people I can help, and programs that I can continue participating in," she told jurors.