Jodi Arias’ Jailhouse Art Sells for $300 on eBay During Murder Trial
(PHOENIX) -- Drawings by Jodi Arias, the California woman facing the possibility of the death penalty for stabbing and shooting her boyfriend, are selling like collector's items online.
Colored pencil drawings by Arias have fetched hundreds of dollars so far on eBay, where a supporter outside of the Maricopa County jail has been posting and selling drawings she composes inside.
At least two drawings by Arias, one of actress Grace Kelly and one of an unidentified female model, are still posted on eBay for sale, with current bids at $300 and $405, respectively. The money will go toward Arias and her family, according to the descriptions with the items.
"All profits go towards Jodi's family traveling expenses to the trial, other fees, and of course money for Jodi so she can eat better food than what they serve in jail," some of the descriptions have said.
The drawings are being sold by an anonymous eBay user, 0817soldierofchrist, who declined to comment when reached by ABC News. The next two items to be posted, according to the user, will be drawings of Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
Arias, 32, has admitted to killing former beau Travis Alexander in his home in 2008, claiming it was an act of self defense against an abusive lover.
Prosecutors, however, argue that Arias only admitted to killing Alexander and claiming it was self defense after she was caught, telling investigators multiple times that she had nothing to do with the murder and was not in Mesa, Ariz., when Alexander was killed. She later changed her story to say he was killed by two masked intruders, a man and a woman, before admitting that she killed Alexander.
Prosecutors allege she killed Alexander out of jealousy during a 24-hour road trip to Mesa.
Arias was an aspiring photographer when she was arrested in July 2008, nearly one month after Alexander's body was found.
The drawings posted on eBay have received free advertising from one of Arias' most vocal supporters, the website JodiAriasIsInnocent.com. The person who runs that website, identified to ABC News as S.J., said they are not directly involved in the sale or auction of the drawings.
"All the artwork has been hand drawn by Jodi while she has been incarcerated," the website owner added.
Arias' attorneys are expected to begin presenting her defense on Tuesday, Jan. 29, after the prosecution rested last week. The trial took a one-week hiatus this week.
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