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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Gerlach attorneys argue for nearly $330,000 in state reimbursement

Months of preparation and hours of testimony in the high-profile manslaughter trial of Gail Gerlach were converted to dollars and cents Friday as attorneys argued how much the state should reimburse his defense team. Judge Annette Plese reserved judgment on the nearly $330,000 bill handed over by Gerlach’s five-member defense, including three attorneys and two expert witnesses. Attorney Richard Lee argued tasks were assigned efficiently and the billing was fair given the severity of the charges against Gerlach, who stood trial after killing Brendon Kaluza-Graham with a single gunshot through the rear window of a stolen SUV in March 2013.

Bear parts buy deemed lesser offense

In the case of one Spokane man, the bear parts do not make up the sum of a felony. Appellate judges on Tuesday overturned the felony wildlife trafficking conviction of 52-year-old Jason M. Yon, after he paid $800 for four bear gallbladders in 2008 to undercover Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers.