Jodi Arias pleaded for her life Tuesday, two weeks after proclaiming that she would prefer the death penalty over spending the rest of her days in prison.

Why the change of heart? Arias told The Associated Press that her family influenced her decision.

"I felt like by asking for death, it's like asking for assisted suicide and I didn't want to do that to my family," Arias said in a surprise jailhouse interview just hours after a jury began deliberating her fate.

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Arias repeated many of her past claims and testimony to the AP. However, she did insist she was against having cameras in the courtroom for her murder trial.

"The prosecutor has accused me of wanting to be famous, which is not true," she said.

Arias has been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of her ex-lover, 30-year-old Travis Alexander. Arias stabbed Alexander nearly 30 times, shot him in the head and cut his throat from ear to ear in his Mesa home on June 4, 2008.

The jury heard 19 weeks of testimony and closing arguments in the case before reaching their guilty verdict on May 8.

The defendant, dressed in black on Tuesday, pleaded with the jury to spare her life. She referenced a statement she made to the media on May 8, that she would prefer the death penalty.

"I've made many statements I would prefer the death penalty over life in prison ... To me, life in prison was the most unappealing outcome ... but as I stand here now, I can't in good conscience ask you to give me death," Arias said.

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Arias told the AP she changed her mind after a tearful meeting with family members. She said she realized her death would only serve to cause her loved ones additional heartache.

The Jodi Arias jury returns to court Wednesday for Day 2 of deliberations in the penalty phase of her capital murder trial.

The eight-man, four-woman panel, concluded their first hour of deliberations at about 7:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Deliberations resume at 12 p.m. Eastern time.

The jury will decide if Arias, 32, gets the death penalty or life imprisonment.

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The jury is going home. They will continue deliberating tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

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The jury is going back for further deliberations.

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The jury said they are unable to reach a decision. The judge is offering advise on how they can get past that.

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The jury is being brought into the courtroom.

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Court is in session. The judge said they have received a juror question. The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

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Everyone is going into the courtroom. It remains unclear if the jury has a question or if the verdict is in.

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Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias' family members have arrived at the courthouse.

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Apparently the jury did not ask the judge the definition of life. The judge was simply clarifying the definition because it was inadvertently left out of the oral reading of the jury instructions Tuesday.

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They are deliberating.

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"The jury instruction is very clear and it tells you there is no procedure in place that will grant her parole," Willmott said during her rebuttal.

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"There is no system in place to grant parole after 25 years," defense attorney Jennifer Willmott told the jury.

"The decision as to whether or not [she will be eligible for parole] is the judges decision, not yours," prosecutor Juan Martinez said.

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"If you unanimously find the defendant should be sentenced to life in imprisonment the judge will sentence the defendant to life in prison without the possibility of release or life with the possibility of release from prison in 25 years," Judge Sherry Stephens told the jury.

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The proceeding that just happened is playing on the live feed at the top of this article.

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Arias has been smiling and laughing with her attorneys. She does not seem very concerned.

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The judge is clarifying some of the instructions for the jury.

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Deliberations have begun.

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Deliberations resume at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

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The live video feed will be added once the penalty verdict is in.

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Deliberations resume at 12 p.m. Eastern time.

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The Huffington Post is live blogging Wednesday's deliberations. Check back here for updates.

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  • All About Travis

    During his victim impact statement, Travis Alexander's brother read from an an entry Travis wrote in his <a href="http://travisalexander.blogspot.com" target="_blank">online blog</a> prior to his murder. That blog post is included in this slideshow. <em>Spelling and grammar errors have not been corrected.</em>

  • All About Travis

    <strong>Wednesday, April 16, 2008</strong> <blockquote>One of the most impactful things I have learned was from the Author Napoleon Hill. He has taught a great deal about thoughts being things and the more intensly we focus on the achievement of something the more "the law of attraction" works in our favor. To enhance this principal he recommended "Auto Suggestion" or vocally exclaiming what we want to do, be and have.</blockquote>

  • All About Travis

    <blockquote>Every year most of us make New Years resolutons and if you are anything like me, its easy to fall back into the habits of yesteryear and lose focus on our goals and back to the drawing board we go. For the past 3 years, I have done something different that has made all the difference in me becoming the person by the end of the year that desired to be at the beginning of the year. I take the month of December and do a huge self evaluation of me for the good, the bad and even the ugly, and based on all that, I get busy being ambitious and create the accomplished individual I want to be on paper. I will read it and adjust the wording several times until I can feel the power of the words internally. Then come January 1st atleast once a day, usually to music (enya) I read it loud and animated. After a few months with no effort it is memorized and becomes part of my regular daily thoughts and in consequence the person I am becoming is always at the forthought of my mind. My daily actions are based upon the words I speak daily and my life becomes what I want it to be.</blockquote>

  • All About Travis

    <blockquote>No doubt anyone that knows me, knows I am very much a work in progress with alot of work to progress on, but progress I will. I hope this inspires you to do something similar to make you a better you, to help you be the best you. After all it's our choice. I will leave 2008's affirmation to give you an idea of what it is I do. Depending on how well you know me will depend on how much sense it makes. I hope you enjoy it, but if you don't thats cool too...</blockquote>

  • All About Travis

    <strong> 2008 Affirmation</strong> <blockquote>This Year will be the Best year of my life. This is the year that will eclipse all others. I will earn more, learn more, travel more, serve more, love more, give more and be more than all the other years of my life combined. True other years now past have been at times magnificent but none like this. This is a year of metamorphosis, of growth and accomplishment that at previous was unimaginable. A year where the impossible become common place, and the unachievable become effortlessly achieved. Where I raise myself to heights only visited by the great men and women of this world and by so doing this year will be the best year of my life.</blockquote>

  • All About Travis

    <blockquote>And how will I do this? By strict obedience to the commandments of God. By seeking out the words of the Lord through searching the scriptures and through the voice of his chosen servants. By communing with the Lord through daily prayer and by emulating him in my thoughts my words and my deeds. Through compassionate service, random acts of kindness, unconditional love, and an acknowledgment of the true source of all blessings with gratitude in my heart. And when I fail, I will learn from my mistakes, strengthen my resolve and be better than I was before. I will take this same discipline of the Spiritual and apply it to the Physical by arising early to start each day with exercise that strengthens the body and refreshes the mind. I will only eat nurturing foods that provide me energy sufficient to accomplish the days task with enthusiasm and confidence. What will I do to improve my finances? I will work harder, yes, but more importantly I will work smarter and learn to leverage myself and get more out of one day then I previously got out of a month. I will succeed through integrity and through the selfless service of others. Through the powerful forces that structure the mind I will tap into the source of infinite intelligence and be more efficient in all my endeavors and be an exponentially greater asset to this world. The money I earn I will not waste frivolously but instead invest wisely so that my wealth will begat more wealth and I will be more empowered by wealth to better my life and the lives of others. However the best way for me to better the lives of others will not be in the giving of my wealth but in the giving of my heart. I will love and then love more, I will serve and then serve more, I will forgive and then forgive more. I will follow the Golden rule that I may follow my Savior and be transparent yet not exposed. I will not let these thoughts fade but instead remind myself of them daily and spend time visualizing myself in the accomplishment of them until the day that my thoughts become reality. Then I will not stop but press forward to new goals and new heights in my quest to change this world.</blockquote>

  • All About Travis

    <blockquote>And how will all of this benefit me in this the best year of my life? I will be worthy of all the great blessings the Lord has to offer. I will have a 32 inch waste and be at my Pinnacle health. I will have earned the six figure ring, succeeded at real estate, and have multiple streams of income from my other entrepreneurial endeavors. I will be a published Author and effortlessly doing what I was meant to do to better my life and the lives of others. I will associate with more successfully minded people to be a teacher as well as a student. I will travel this great country and this great planet gaining rich experiences found by very few. I will find an eternal companion that enhances me exponentially and countless other goals that at one point I dare not even dream. </blockquote>

  • All About Travis

    <blockquote>Through all this will 2008 be the best year of my life, which will lay the foreground for 2009 to dwarf the accomplishments of 2008. </blockquote>

  • All About Travis

    <blockquote>This year will be the best year of my life and I will succeed! </blockquote> <strong><center>Travis Victor Alexander July 28, 1977 ~ June 4, 2008 </center></strong>