County Has Spent More Than $1 Million On Defense Of Accused Cop Killer

Seattle Times:

King County has spent more than $1.1 million on the defense of Christopher Monfort since he was arrested in October 2009 for allegedly killing Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton and wounding a rookie officer.

The figure was released Monday by the county’s Office of Public Defense after Monfort’s legal team lost a legal bid to keep the amount under seal.

[S]ince Monfort’s arrest, the county has paid the Associated Counsel for the Accused, which has had several of its lawyers assigned to the case, $826,744 for “legal services.” Hocraffer said that an additional $309, 513 has been spent on “services other than a lawyer” in the case — which could be anything from medical evaluations, investigators or other anything else deemed necessary for effective assistance of counsel.

The money spent on public defense comes from the county’s General Fund.

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