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Two death penalty cases could cost Erie County $600K

Andy Ouriel • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Two capital murder trials are pending in Erie County: Michael Milner, for allegedly beating to death 3-year-old Owen Barker in July at a Fulton Street home, and Curtis Clinton, accused of strangling Heather Jackson and her two children — Celina, 3 and Wayne, 20 months — to death on John Street in September.

The average cost of the initial trial phase in the state is about $300,000. Normal courtroom appeals and automatic appeals related to death penalty cases can skyrocket the expense beyond $1 million, according to the Ohio Public Defender's office.

For more on these cases and how they might affect local court budgets, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register.

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