12/02/2014 09:39 pm ET Updated Dec 02, 2014

Pursuing Death Penalty Costs Nevada Taxpayers Twice As Much As A Lesser Penalty

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Nevada murder cases in which prosecutors seek the death penalty can cost nearly twice as much as those with a lesser punishment, according to a state audit released Tuesday.

A death penalty cases cost the public, on average, between $1.032 million and $1.307 million, according to the audit. In a murder case where capital punishment is not sought, the average cost is $775,000. In those cases, prosecutors typically seek life without parole.

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