Jodi Arias trial defense bills: Arias' defense has cost Maricopa County $1.4 million

PHOENIX - New numbers have been released to show how much Arias' defense team is costing Maricopa County taxpayers.

To date, Maricopa County has paid $1.4 million dollars for Arias' defense.

The 1.4 million dollars includes 15,582.43 hours of work.

The low rate per hour has been $17.72 to a high rate of $250.00 per hour.

A judge ruled Thursday morning to allow the release of court costs in the Jodi Arias trial after the defense team filed a motion to keep records sealed.

Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott filed paperwork asking a judge to "seal any and all billing records submitted by any member of Ms. Arias' defense team…"

Last week, ABC15 first reported taxpayers could end up spending more than $1 million to defend Arias in her lengthy murder trial.

Judge Joseph Welty ordered total hours billed, total dollars paid, and the range of rates paid in the Arias trial to be released to the public.

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

Arias' attorneys wanted the judge to issue a protective order guarding the detailed costs of the accused murderer's defense.

Arias' lawyers argued that releasing the information could impact attorney-client privilege and her right to a fair trial.

Two experts hired by the defense, and paid by the county, revealed in court they charge hundreds of dollars per hour.

Psychologist Richard Samuels, who testified he diagnosed Arias with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, said he makes $250 per hour.

Domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette revealed she is paid $250 per hour for research and $300 per hour for testifying.

Legal analysts predict the capital murder trial will last several more weeks.

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