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County to take up more costs for Stenson trial

December 3rd, 2013 - 5:54am

(Port Angeles) Clallam County commissioners take up a budget emergency today, as the costs of the murder retrial for Darold Stenson continue to mount.

Stenson was found guilty last month for killing his wife and a business partner near Sequim in 1993. His previous conviction and death sentence were thrown out by the state Supreme Court.

But the bills continue to come in for the costs of the trial. The latest is 495-thousand dollars in costs from Superior Court and another 36-thousand dollars in the sheriff's department related to the seven-week trial that was held in Kitsap County.

The court bills are for trial costs, travel and expert witnesses.

The county has already spent a half million dollars on the retrial. More than half the bill is going to pay for Stenson's three attorneys. The capital punishment-certified attorneys remained on the case even though prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty in the retrial.

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