Regional Defenders To Start Taking Cases In January - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/25/07

Regional Defenders To Start Taking Cases In January

The state's first regional public defender's office for capital murder will begin taking cases on January 1st. 

The Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense unanimously approved more than $2.5 million to fund the office on Friday.

It's estimated to cost a county between $150,000 - $500,000 to bring a death penalty case before the jury, but with this new office, each county will pay a one time fee.

In Lubbock County, it will eventually be $130,000 a year.

As NewsChannel 11 told you earlier this week, the office will encompass more than 80 counties from the tip of the Panhandle down to the Midland-Odessa area and across to San Angelo.

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