The Casey Anthony murder trial is over, but for the citizens of Florida -- the people covering her massive defense expense tab -- the bills are still mounting.
The Florida Justice Administrative Commission computes that, as of this week, the more than two years of investigating and trying the first-degree murder case has cost $147,018.60.
The bill is for mental health evaluations, investigative services, services provided by expert witnesses and subpoena services. The state has already paid $118,847.75 of the bill, but it refuses to pay nearly $12,000 of the defense's cost. The contested amount includes deposition transcripts and travel expenses.
On July 5, a jury of seven women and five men acquitted Anthony of killing her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee. The jury did, however, find Anthony guilty of four lesser counts of lying to police officers about the disappearance of her child -- a decision she is appealing. Credited with good behavior and time served, Anthony was released from jail early Sunday morning.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Anthony was initially able to cover some of her defense expenses. She reportedly turned over $200,000 she received from ABC News for exclusive rights to family photos and videos, $5,000 she received from a private donor and $70,000 from California attorney Todd Macaluso. Roughly $90,000 of that money went to Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez.
In March 2010, a Florida judge examined Anthony's financial affairs and found her indigent. The state, the judge ruled, must pay all of Anthony's court costs, except for her lawyer fees.
It is likely that additional expenses will be filed by the defense. It is not uncommon for high-profile capital cases to cost millions of dollars.