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Logan County Approves Bonds to Pay for Defense Attorneys
Logan County has passed a major bond initiative to raise money to help pay for major crime cases.
According to Logan County Treasurer Vicki Dugan, the state's Capital Litigation Trust Fund was used to help pay for both the defense and prosecution of death penalty cases.
When the death penalty was abolished, that fund went away. Now, Logan County wants to start its own fund and is moving forward with a $600,000 bond program.
The county spent $168,000 just in fiscal year 2012 to pay for defense attorneys for the accused who couldn't afford an attorney.
"It's a lot of money, and it's a very unplanned expense that was very unexpected," Dugan said. "And because things like this are going to happen in any county, it's something that I think we need to start budgeting for, and soon it's possible we will be."
The Harris Brothers' trials for the 2009 murder of the Gee family in Beason are currently the largest cases in Logan County.
According to Christopher Harris's attorney Dan Fultz, he plans to file a change-of-venue motion on Monday. If granted, the cost of the case for Logan County would likely increase.