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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