Day 41 of Jodi Arias trial: Attorney makes final plea to save Arias' life

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Jodi Arias, shown in court on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, chose not to address the jury. (Source: CBS 5 News) Jodi Arias, shown in court on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, chose not to address the jury. (Source: CBS 5 News)
A photo of Arias and murder victim Travis Alexander was displayed on a computer screen during closing arguments. (Source: CBS 5 News) A photo of Arias and murder victim Travis Alexander was displayed on a computer screen during closing arguments. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias sat quietly in the courtroom, as her attorney Kirk Nurmi did his best to save Arias' life.

Closing arguments got underway Tuesday in Arias' sentencing re-trial.

Nurmi wasted no time trying to humanize Arias, showing jurors an assortment of family photos

"She is remorseful," Nurmi told jurors. "She regrets what she did and the pain she caused."

Arias' attorney also spent time telling jurors that Arias suffers from mental illness and was the victim of physical and emotional abuse.

"He's done a good job of reminding the jury that they have Jodi Arias' life in their hands," said legal expert Beth Karas.

After lunch, it was prosecutor Juan Martinez' turn to try and sway the jury, and convince them that Arias is a ruthless killer who knew exactly what she was doing when she murdered ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

The murder was committed in an especially cruel manor," Martinez said. "She's the one that used the knife. She's the one that used the gun.'

Legal expert Jeff Gold told CBS 5 that he though Martinez could have done a better job pushing for the death penalty.

"The case is about the way she did it, the planning and the murder itself," said Gold. "The prosecutor has a reputation as a pit bull. He was whimpering today."

Jury could start deliberating on Wednesday.

Also Tuesday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens on Tuesday approved a media request to broadcast live the verdict in the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias.

Stephens' announcement came as closing arguments and final jury instructions were scheduled to begin.

The verdict will be streamed live on cbs5az.com whenever it comes in.

On Monday, just hours after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens dismissed two jurors, Arias informed the court she would not make a final plea to the jury to spare her life.

The jury will decide whether Arias deserves the death penalty or should spend the rest of her life in prison for the murder of her ex-lover, Travis Alexander.

The prosecution rested its case Feb. 12 and the defense rested its case Jan. 27. The sentencing retrial began Oct. 21.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of the 30-year-old Alexander, whose body was found in his Mesa residence. He had been stabbed, his throat slit and he had a gunshot wound to his forehead.

Arias, who initially denied she killed Alexander, would eventually admit she killed him in self-defense, but jurors didn't buy into that claim.

The jury that convicted Arias on May 8, 2013, was unable to reach a verdict in her sentencing and Stephens declared a mistrial on May 23, 2013.

Members of the current jury were selected from more than 400 potential jurors over several weeks. The trial has generated an online and cable news audience nationwide.

The courtroom action will be described by CBS 5 News reporters each day on Twitter @CBS5AZ or on cbs5az.com.

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