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Gerlach's Defense Expenses Itemized For Possible Reimbursement

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It’s a decision jurors on the criminal case made themselves: a civil decision ruling that Gail Gerlach acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a man driving away in his SUV, enabling him to be reimbursed for legal expenses by taxpayers. It’s a decision jurors on the criminal case made themselves: a civil decision ruling that Gail Gerlach acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a man driving away in his SUV, enabling him to be reimbursed for legal expenses by taxpayers.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It’s a decision jurors on the criminal case made themselves: a civil decision ruling that Gail Gerlach acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a man driving away in his SUV, enabling him to be reimbursed for legal expenses by taxpayers.

Now, a list of those expenses has been filed in Superior Court in Spokane County; however, how much Gerlach can be reimbursed for has yet to be determined through a series of upcoming court hearings. At the end of Gerlach’s trial in April, his defense team told KHQ that legal expenses were upwards of $300,000.

And they weren’t kidding.

The newly filed court record is 116 pages, detailing expenses over the course of trial preparation. The two defense experts each billed for more than $20,000. Defender Richard Lee tallied his hours on the case at a price of $174,000 while co-counsel David Stevens billed for $110,000.

Before the jury made it’s civil ruling in April, prosecutor Deric Martin said allowing reimbursement sent the wrong message.

A final decision on the exact number to be paid back is still several weeks – if not months – away.

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