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Judge, lawyers tally costs of murder trial that ended with baby sitter's acquittal


LEWISTON, Idaho — A northern Idaho judge is deciding who will pick up the latest bills for the trial of a baby sitter who was acquitted of murder in the death of a 2-year-old in her care.

The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1B5tbrj) a jury acquitted Natasha N. Hodges in April after a nine-day trial and three hours of deliberation.

Defense witness Dr. David Posey testified Rylee Mingo died of a diseased pancreas, not as a result of Hodges hitting her in the stomach.

Judge Jeff M. Brudie said in 2nd District Court on Wednesday that he was surprised Posey charged $6,500 per day.

Posey's $46,703 bill includes airfare, $4,000 in travel time, and two meals costing more than $80 each.

Lawyers for the defense and prosecution agreed the court should decide payment.

The county has paid over $186,000 related to the trial so far.

Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

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