The case against Colorado theater gunman James Holmes has already cost $5.5 million in public funds, reports Yahoo News. That's $2 million more than the average cost of a completed Colorado death penalty trial. The Holmes case is months away from opening arguments. “Keep adding it up, this isn’t ending anytime soon,” said University of Denver law Prof. Justin Marceau. Holmes first was in court on July 23, 2012, three days after police say he killed 12 and injured 70 in a suburban Denver movie theater as they watched a midnight showing of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Prosecutors, defense attorneys, the judge, court reporter, trial investigators and victims' advocates have been paid $4.5 million. Other expenses include $463,000 on additional security, $220,000 for experts hired by the prosecution, and $90,000 to install a closed-circuit television system in the courtroom. It cost $20,000 to print 9,000 juror notices and questionnaires. Information on the expenditures was derived from figures released under the Colorado Open Records Act and from other sources.