How Much Are Jodi Arias’ Legal Fees Costing Taxpayers?
Convicted murderer Jodi Arias' legal bills are costing Arizona taxpayers more than $2 million.
A Maricopa County spokeswoman told AP on Monday that the county had paid $2.15 million for Jodi's court-appointed attorneys, expert witnesses and other costs associated with her case.
The costs are likely to continue to mount. The 33-year-old was convicted of murdering boyfriend Travis Alexander last May, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict on whether to sentence Arias to death or life in prison.
Prosecutors are now pursuing a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to get the death penalty. Trial is set for March 17.
If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will automatically be removed from consideration, and the judge will sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars, or eligible for release after 25 years.