Ruiz attorneys drop objection to showing defense receipts
Pasco, WA- Defense attorneys in a high profile murder case have dropped their fight to keep the cost of defending their client from going public.
The attorneys representing Vicente Ruiz had argued turning over their receipts could taint the jury. But now that the defense has won a change of venue, the public defenders say they have no objections showing taxpayers how much they've spent on the investigation, including travel, lodging, experts, and attorney fees.
Ruiz has spent three years in Franklin County Jail awaiting trial for the murders of five men in 1987.
The judge declared a second mistrial last month.
Prosecutors are currently contacting other counties, looking for an available courtroom for the third trial, tentatively scheduled to begin in late August.