Jodi Arias trial update: Arias says 'sorry taxpayers' over retrial

PHOENIX - Jodi Arias took to Twitter Tuesday, apologizing to taxpayers over her continuing court costs.

The account, @Jodiannarias , is managed by Arias' friend, who reportedly talks to the convicted murderer over the telephone and takes to the social media account with her thoughts.

"The State rejected my 3rd request for a plea to settle quietly and less expensively. Off to retrial we go. Sorry, taxpayers," the tweet, posted just after 6 p.m., read.

A hearing Arias and her attorneys lasted just three minutes Tuesday morning, as the judge set a new status conference date.

Judge Sherry Stephens said she hopes the case will go back to trial in September. For now, she has set Aug. 26 as the next court date.

Given Arias could not afford her own defense, taxpayers footed the bill for her attorneys at a cost of nearly $1.7 million as of mid-June, a price tag that continues to balloon as the case moves forward.

 

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