SOUTH DAKOTA - The Pennington County Public Defender's Office is asking the county for about $350,000 to help defend a man facing the death penalty for the alleged murder of his ex-girlfriend.
The Rapid City Journal reports that the extra costs in Jonathon Klinetobe's case involve expert evaluations, travel expenses and witness fees.
The 27-year-old Klinetobe, of Sturgis, is charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Jessica Rehfeld.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Klinetobe and Richard Hirth, an alleged accomplice.
Eric Whitcher, director of the public defender's office, says it's a complex issue and death penalty cases are "extremely expensive."
He could not elaborate because of a judge's gag order.
Authorities say they believe Rehfeld's May 2015 death was a contract killing.
Her body was discovered last summer.
Source: Associated Press, June 25, 2017
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