Jodi Arias in the spotlight: Crime, trial captured public's attention

Deliberations are over for jurors in the Jodi Arias sentencing re-trial.

No verdict was read on Thursday and that means jurors won't be back until Monday.  They're trying to decide whether Arias will be sentenced to death or life in prison for murdering Travis Alexander back in 2008.

There's no question the details of this crime were enough to capture the public's attention, but once Arias had that attention, she made sure all eyes stayed focused on her.

Testifying for 18 days in a row, making a tearful plea to save her life, peddling artwork from behind bars and then there were the infamous interrogation tapes.

Singing, laughing and joking about her makeup just minutes before being arrested for the brutal murder of Alexander.

Perhaps the strangest moment was a 20-second handstand -- all captured after the detective who had been questioning Arias left the interrogation room.

During her trial, those tapes were played for the jury.

Arias sought details about the crime and in court, admitted to killing Alexander, but told a different story in a 2008 jailhouse interview.

She continued to make news from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jail, winning "Inmate Idol," starting a book club and creating artwork behind bars.

Arias' brother sold the pieces online to raise money for travel expenses and food.

Just minutes after her 1st degree murder conviction, Arias gave FOX 10 an exclusive interview, saying she preferred the death penalty.

"Well, the worst outcome for me would be natural life. I would much rather die sooner than later. Longevity runs in my family and I don't want to spend the rest of my life in one place.  I'm pretty healthy, I don't smoke, so I would probably live a long life."

But it was a much different story a few weeks later as Arias pleaded with the jury to spare her life.

"I didn't know that if I got life instead of death I could become employed and self-reliant.  I didn't know that if I got life, there are many things I can do to effect positive change and contribute in a positive way," she said.

During her first sentencing trial, Arias spent 19 minutes asking the jury to spare her life.

This time around, she did testify, but in secret and decided not to give a final statement to the jury.

Be sure to stick with FOX 10 for coverage of the Jodi Arias deliberations.  When the verdict comes down, we will broadcast it live on TV, FOX10Phoenix.com and YouTube.com/fox10phoenix.


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