Luyster murder trial cost Clark County 374594

first_imgBrent Luyster’s triple-murder case captured the public’s interest from across the nation and was arguably one of Clark County’s most notorious in recent years. It was also one of the most expensive.Luyster’s case was the county’s second-most expensive in the last decade, according to public records obtained and analyzed by The Columbian.Less than $1,000 separated Luyster’s total defense costs from the costliest case, a 2011 case in which Dennis Wolter was convicted of aggravated murder. And Luyster’s defense cost taxpayers more than three times Darrin Sanford’s 2009 aggravated murder case.Clark County Indigent Defense spent $374,594 on Luyster, compared with $375,439 on Wolter and $111,571 on Sanford, according to Indigent Defense Manager Ann Christian. And that doesn’t count the costs of the initial investigation and prosecuting the case, which are virtually impossible to calculate.Luyster — a violent white supremacist — was convicted in November of aggravated first-degree murder and was later sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of release, plus nearly 54 years for additional convictions. He is being housed at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington’s toughest prison.A Clark County Superior Court jury found that Luyster fatally shot his best friend, Zachary David Thompson, 36; friend, Joseph Mark LaMar, 38; and LaMar’s partner, Janell Renee Knight, 43, at LaMar’s home in Woodland in July 2016. He also shot Thompson’s partner, Breanne Leigh, in the face, but she survived.last_img

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