Who do you think should pay for the $300,000 Gail Gerlach trial?
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The attorney for the man found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a car thief estimated how much the trial would cost taxpayers.
On Thursday, Gail Gerlach was found not guilty in the death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham. The jury also found Gerlach acted in self-defense, which meant the state became obligated to pay for the cost of defense expenses.
Gerlach’s attorney Richard Lee anticipated the final bill for defense will be about $300,000.
Gerlach was charged with manslaughter in the March 2013 shooting of 25-year-old Brendon Kaluza-Graham. He said Kaluza-Graham was stealing his SUV.
Authorities said Kaluza-Graham was driving down the street when Gerlach fired one shot through the back windshield of the SUV. Kaluza-Graham was hit in the back of the head.
Gerlach said during the trial he thought Kaluza-Graham had a gun.