Jodi Arias trial cost: Taxpayers could end up spending more than $1 million to defend Arias

PHOENIX - Taxpayers could end up spending more than $1 million to defend Jodi Arias in her lengthy murder trial.

Cari Gerchick, Maricopa County Communications Director, told ABC15 the total amount spent on her defense team has been roughly $838,000 and continues to climb.

The cost only pertains to money spent on Arias' attorneys and does not include jail or court costs.

Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott are serving as Arias' attorneys in the capital murder trial.

Nurmi has been involved with the case for several years. Willmott was assigned to the case in January 2012.

Arias faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home.

Authorities say she planned the attack in a jealous rage. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with it, then blamed it on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense.

Arias spent 18 days on the witness stand, followed by a psychologist called by her defense team.

Court is expected to resume Wednesday afternoon.

 
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