Jodi Arias Trial Update: Watch Arias Plead For Life; Follow Wednesday Jury Deliberations Live [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 22, 2013 10:15 AM EDT

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Jodi Arias reacts as a guilty verdict is read in her first-degree murder trial in Phoenix. (Photo: Reuters)

The Jodi Arias trial on Tuesday allowed convicted first-degree murderer Jodi Arias to deliver a statement before the jury in a bid to save her life.

"Either way, I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison. It'll either be shortened or not. If it's shortened, the people who will hurt the most is my family. I'm asking you please, please don't do that to them. I've already hurt them so badly along with so many other people. I want everyone's healing to begin and I want everyone's pain to stop," said Arias.

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"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 continued.

Jodi Arias also told the jurors that she will never become a mother or have a family. However, despite the fact that she will spend her life in prison, Jodi Arias believes her life may still hold value to society.

"If I get permission, I'd like to implement a recycling program ... each week, huge loads of waste are hauled off to landfill. A substantial proportion of that could be kept out of landfill and recycled instead. It may even create new jobs for the people there. This is one small thing that could have a positive and far-reaching impact on the community and planet," said Arias. "I'd like to start a book club or reading group. Something that brings people together in a positive and constructive way so that we can share and recommend other good books and stimulate discussions of a higher nature."

Deliberations on whether Jodi Arias will receive life in prison or the death penalty will resume on Wednesday, May 22, 1 p.m. ET. 

The jury deliberated for around an hour-and-a-half Tuesday about whether to sentence Jodi Arias to death via lethal injection before leaving for the day.

Readers with invested interest in the Jodi Arias trial may follow live updates on the jury's decision by visiting the news network HLN's Jodi Arias trial live-blogging

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