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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Ind. Courts - Lake County death penalty trial budgeted at $750,000

Susan Brown writes today in the NWI Times in a long story that begins:

CROWN POINT | Lake County officials say the tab for the Kevin Isom death penalty case is capped at $750,000, and any more will have to be borrowed.

In the wake of a five-week trial, Isom, 46, was formally sentenced to death Friday for the murders of his wife and two stepchildren in August 2007.

The county had increased this year's appropriations to help defray costs, Lake County Council President Ted Bilski, D-Hobart, said.

"Last year, we budgeted for death penalty cases approximately $500,000," Bilski said. "For 2013, we took $250,000 from riverboats, (adding it) to the $500,000 for a total of $750,000."

"If they go through that, there's no other recourse here," he said. "They have to go to our borrowing committee."

Reducing the burden on the county will be reimbursements from the Indiana Public Defender Commission for 50 percent of defense-related costs; the non-capital reimbursement rate is 40 percent.

According to the commission, the county was reimbursed about $190,000 as of Sept. 19, 2012, with no further claims presented as of last week.

The reimbursements to the county are funded at the state level by a combination of court fees and appropriations from the state general fund.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 10, 2013 08:05 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts