Taxpayers to cover $300,000 Gail Gerlach defense bill



Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 7:01 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Taxpayers will be paying the price for Gail Gerlach’s legal expenses after a jury ruled he acted in self defense in the death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham.

KREM 2 News learned Gerlach’s legal expenses added up to about $300,000 which will be paid for a Washington sundry fund.

The preparation took several months even though the trial only two weeks. Gerlach’s defense team consisted of three attorneys.

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Richard Lee, the team’s head councilor, estimated he put in about 600 hours of work which totals more than $170,000 in salary.

Lee’s co-counsel Dave Stevens involvement price ranges between $100,000 and $125,000.
The team’s associate council will likely be paid $1,000.

Meanwhile, two expert witnesses hired by the team cost approximately $25,000 each.

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The Gerlach’s fundraised about $8,000 to help cover photocopies, exhibits, and some plane tickets for the attorneys.

Lee said he expects to present the expense list at a hearing to the judge sometime in the next two weeks. He said he anticipates the prosecution will dispute the bill and he will not see a dime for at least two years.