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Arias tweets she wanted plea deal but was refused

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The first full day of deliberations is over and there is no verdict yet in the Jodi Arias murder trial. Jurors will come back to the table Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile Tuesday night, Jodi Arias spoke out through her Twitter account, maintained by one of her friends.

The first tweet read: "I would have signed a plea years ago to avoid this disaster, but I was refused a plea as the state and the family refused to settle."

Then, 4 minutes later, "I wanted so much to avoid trial but the state forced it, and my only other option was suicide and well..." 

On Twitter a few minutes later, she took a dig at TV personality Nancy Grace.

As for the jury, they left the deliberation room at 4:30 p.m. sharp, and didn't look anyone in the eyes as they got into the elevator and left.

Here are the jury's options when deciding on the verdict and the possible punishment:

First degree murder: The maximum sentence would be the death penalty.  The minimum -- life with the possibility of release after 25 years in prison.

Second degree murder: 10 to 22 years in prison.

Manslaughter: 7 to 21 years in prison.  She's already spent nearly five years behind bars, so that would most likely be applied to any sentence she could receive.

If jurors find her not guilty, she'd be set free.  And if the jury cannot reach a verdict, the county attorney's office would have to decide whether to re-try the case.

Video: FOX 10's Troy Hayden and Steve Krafft report.

For complete coverage, go to myfoxphoenix.com/arias.


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