Posted by Rachel Folz - email
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Officials went before the Vanderburgh County Council to talk about the cost of trying the Jeffrey Weisheit case.
Weisheit is accused of setting the fire that killed his soon-to-be stepchildren back in April.
According to Judge Carl Heldt and public defender Steve Owens, the case will cost Vanderburgh County $400,000 to $500,000.
Judge Heldt and Owens say the high price tag is because two public defenders, an arson investigator, a regular investigator, a paralegal and additional staff are needed.
The county council has $1.3 million in the general fund to pay for unbudgeted expenses like this trial.
Owens warned council members he would be filling out a large appropriations request that would be submitted at the next meeting in two weeks.
If the county does end up spending over $200,000 on the trial, the state will reimburse the county up to 50 percent.
The trial is scheduled to start in April 2011.
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