On Tuesday, Arias told the jury that during the sentencing phase she had contemplated suicide, saying, “I saw it as taking myself off of life support.” But she said thoughts of her own family kept her from following through.
Similarly, she noted that she had made public statements that she preferred the death penalty to a life sentence. But she said that at the time she had “lost perspective” and now realized the pain her death would cause her family.
“I’m asking you, please, please don’t do that to them,” she told the jurors.
“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.”