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Canceled WA State Execution Could Cost Taxpayers up to $150k

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WALLA WALLA, Wash-- The budget for Cal Brown's execution was $150,000 of taxpayer money. Most of the money was used despite the stay of execution.

The Washington State Supreme Court voted five to four for the stay. The Department of Corrections was notified just seven hours before it was supposed to happen.

KNDU talked to the justice who signed the order and asked him why it came so late.

"I voted with the majority to issue the stay," said Charles W. Johnson, WA State Supreme Court Justice.

It came down to one vote among the Washington State Supreme Court Justices to decide that Cal Brown would not be executed at 12:01 am Friday.

"There's just no usual procedure. We get things and act on them when they come to us," said Johnson.

The Washington Department of Corrections had a $150,000 budget for the execution. Those taxpayer dollars went to extra security, overtime, hotels, the execution drugs, and extra police.

"I go out to the grave and sit down and talk to her, like a lot of people do. I let her know what's going on and not to long ago I told her justice is coming, but give it time. That's what it's going to take, time now," said John Washa, father of Holly Washa.

The family says they will make the trip again if another date is set for Brown's execution. For now the case will go before the Thurston County Superior Court with the argument is lethal injection cruel and unusual punishment.

KNDU spoke to Cal Brown's attorney Friday who says several people working on the case are doing it because personally they don't believe in the death penalty.

She believes being in isolation and having only an hour a day outside the prison cell is punishment enough.