Cost of Monfort's defense already totals $2.3 million

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by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 11, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 7:06 PM

The taxpayer-funded legal team representing accused cop killer Christopher Monfort has already spent more than $2 million on his defense, according to the office that oversees King County's Office of Public Defense.

As of the end of 2012, the public defenders had spent $2.32 million on Monfort's case -- more than five times the $445,000 that the King County Prosecutor's Office has spent so far on the case.

Monfort is charged with the 2009 ambush murder of Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton and attempted murder of Brenton's partner, Brit Sweeney. Monfort could face the death penalty if convicted. His attorneys are planning to pursue an insanity defense.

On Halloween night 2009, Brenton was parked in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood after a traffic stop when Monfort drove alongside and opened fire, investigators said.

Investigators said Monfort was engaged in a "one-man war" against Seattle police. He is also accused of attempted murder in the firebombing of several police vehicles in a maintenance yard.

Police also said Monfort had been preparing to make a last stand at his Tukwila apartment complex when detectives shot and arrested him. Monfort was paralyzed by the gunshots that hit him when he was resisting arrest.

KING 5 also requested information from the King County Jail on how much has been spent to incarcerate Monfort.

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