According to a recent report, the public defender who represents alleged quadruple college killer Bryan Kohberger will get $200 per hour for her regular work week.
According to an agreement uncovered by KREM 2, Latah County, where the University of Idaho murder trial will be held, would pay Anne Taylor, the Kootenai County top public defender, a hefty $8,000 monthly salary.
According to the arrangement reached last week, the county would pay Taylor’s high compensation to Kootenai County, his regular employer.
It will also pay any overtime wages Taylor accrues, which are likewise priced at $200 per hour and will be paid directly to her.
Taylor was assigned as Kohberger’s public defender in early January, shortly after he was extradited to Idaho from Pennsylvania in connection with the deaths of students Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, and Kaylee Goncalves.
According to the agreement, the state nominated Taylor to the dramatic case because she is competent to represent suspects in capital cases, particularly because Kohberger’s trial has a high probability of becoming a death sentence case.
Latah County, with a population of just over 40,000 people, lacks a public defender with comparable qualifications.
During the typical 40-hour work week, Latah County will additionally pay Taylor’s second attorney $180 per hour and her investigators $45 per hour.
It has also promised to compensate the team for mileage, accommodation, and meal expenses incurred by Taylor if she travels from her Coeur d’Alene office.
Taylor had previously represented the families of two of Kohberger’s alleged victims, even stepping aside as their attorney in one case to represent Kohberger.
Earlier this year, the top public defender was working with Kernodle’s mother, Cara Northington, on other narcotics charges. Taylor resigned on the same day the state-appointed her to defend Kernodle’s suspected killer.
Northington stated last month, “I am devastated because I trusted her.” “I can’t express how deceived I feel.”
Madison Mogen’s father and stepmother were also represented by Taylor. In September 2020, she represented Benjamin Mogen, who was facing two minor narcotics charges.
Taylor then worked with Mogen’s stepmother, Korie Hatrock, when she was charged with one misdemeanor drug offense and two felony drug crimes in 2022.
According to the source, Coffindaffer expressed her displeasure on Twitter, stating that the average public defender compensation in Idaho is $54,185. Taylor will be paid at least $384,000 to represent Kohberger.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this happening with a public defender getting a raise,” Coffindaffer said. Entin stated that this is a death sentence case that needs knowledge.
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A judge forbade counsel for the families of the homicide victims from speaking to the media about the case.
Taylor is unable to openly comment on current developments due to the gag order.