Arias statement to jury inexplicably delayed

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Jodi Arias looks at her family on Monday, May 20, 2013 during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. (The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)

PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias' expected statement to jurors has been delayed without explanation as she and her attorneys left the courtroom after meeting privately with the judge.

Arias was to address jurors Tuesday morning. The big question is whether she pleads for mercy or repeats what she told a TV reporter after her murder conviction: that she'd rather die than serve life in prison.

Arias' attorneys tried to quit the case after complaining the trial had become a witch hunt. But the judge swiftly rejected the request.

Arias was expected to be the only witness speaking on her behalf.

The jury will then begin deliberations to decide whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or death for the 2008 killing of boyfriend Travis Alexander.