ATLANTA - A tally of public money spent in the Atlanta courthouse shootings shows it cost at least $2.9 million to defend Brian Nichols in the case.
Nichols escaped on March 11, 2005, from the Fulton County Courthouse where he was on trial for rape. He murdered Judge Rowland Barnes, court stenographer Julie Ann Brandau, deputy Sgt. Hoyt Teasley and federal agent David Wilhelm before he surrendered the following day.
Records released on Tuesday show that Fulton County paid defense attorney Henderson Hill nearly $500,000. The state's share of defense costs was more than $2.3 million, including $463,000 for mental health experts.
Nichols was sentenced in December to life without parole.