Arias' money-making moves could cost her

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Jodi Arias is selling her paintings online legally, but she may be the one who ends up paying dearly.

As of Friday evening, Arias had sold five paintings, ranging from $1000 to $3,050 in price.

Arias is also relying on the taxpayers of Arizona for the defense team in her criminal trial.  Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The months-long trial with no end in sight has already racked up a price tag of more than $1.5 million.

“If, before the end of this trial it comes to light that she’s got millions of dollars somewhere or this artwork raises millions of dollars, they can definitely come after her for those fees,” said attorney Brent Kleinman, who has been following the case.

At the start of her trial, Arias was assigned a public defender because a judge determined that she could not afford the anticipated cost of her trial.

“If she had used a private attorney, the cost at this point would be 2 or 3 million dollars,” said Kleinman.

Now that she is making money in jail, there is a possibility that her status as an indigent defendant, which entitles her to a public defender, could be re-examined.

“Her status can be determined or assessed at any time during the trial,” said Kleinman.

According to Kleinman, that is not the only financial pitfall Arias may face after selling her artwork online.

“If there’s a civil suit where she’s found responsible for the murder of Travis Alexander and a judgment is rendered, then the family of Travis Alexander can go after all the profits she’s made on this artwork,” Kleinman said.