- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An unusually high number of possible death-penalty cases has left one northeast Ohio county with a projected $400,000 deficit for providing legal counsel to defendants who can’t afford it.

The Akron Beacon Journal (https://bit.ly/1xtl1oL ) reports Summit County last year had seven capital murder cases, which strain the budget. All the defendants were deemed indigent. The cases were related to crimes that happened in 2013.

An assistant prosecutor says that caseload was an anomaly and notes the county had only one capital indictment last year.

The 2014 deficit in the indigent defense fund might rise once final numbers are tallied. Administrator Andrew Bauer of the Summit County Common Pleas Court says court officials will have to ask the county council for more money to address the budget shortfall.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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