Updated Mon, May 14, 2012 9:02 am
Officials and residents of a southeast Ohio county are concerned about bills the Appalachian area faces for three trials in the slaying of a woman found strangled in a septic tank last year.
County commissioners in Hocking County have put $100,000 into a fund to pay for the upcoming trials in 25-year-old Summer Inman's slaying.
Officials know that will not be enough.
Legal experts say the costs of Ohio trials that could involve the death penalty range up to $250,000.
The Hocking County's common pleas court budget within the general fund is $181,000 this year.
The victim's estranged husband and his father pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder.
The estranged husband's mother pleaded not guilty to charges including murder.