- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho county spent about $200,000 more than it budgeted to pay for the defense of a man ultimately convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of his estranged wife.

Latah County spent about $340,000 on the defense for Charles Capone of Moscow, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1ts71co) Friday.

“It just has to come from the general fund,” said county Clerk Susan Peterson.

Capone was convicted Sept. 17 of killing 40-year-old Rachael Anderson of Clarkston, Washington, in April 2010. The body of the mother of four hasn’t been found.

The cost for lead defense counsel, D. Ray Barker, was $169,000. Cost for co-counsel Mark Monson was $147,000. Others costs included witness fees, expert witnesses and expenses that Peterson said are not disclosed to the court by a judge’s decision.

The county also spent about $20,000 on juror attendance, mileage and supplies.

Capone, who was also convicted of failure to notify officials of a death and conspiring to commit failure to notify officials of a death, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 5. He’s facing a possible life sentence for the murder and another life sentence for being a habitual offender.

Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson said his office spent about $12,500, which doesn’t include his salary or the salary of Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mia Vowels.

Another defendant, David Stone, is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for failure to notify authorities of a death. Stone said he helped Capone dispose of Anderson’s body, and prosecutors offered him a deal for testifying against Capone.

Stone faces a maximum possible sentence of seven years in prison under the deal.


Information from: The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, https://www.dnews.com



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