Stanislaus County Peterson Trial Expect Costs up to $5 million

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 13, 2004
The governments of Stanislaus County and the city of Modesto have already incurred about two and a half million dollars in expenses for the investigation and trial of the Peterson murder case. State Senator Jeff Denham, whose district includes a large portion of Stanislaus County, estimates the final tabulation will at least double that figure. DENHAM :06—This would be over five-million which would be a direct hit to the county’s general fund if this isn’t funded by the state. Senator Denham is optimistic a bill he’s sponsoring will lead to reimbursement for the Peterson case from a special state fund designed to help local governments prosecute expensive murder cases DENHAM :06—The funds are there. They are set aside. We just need to make sure that they are there for Stanislaus County. Denham is hopeful the money will be available to the county and city by early next year. Bob Hensley KXJZ News. In Modesto, I’m Bob Hensley.