State to Anthony: You Owe $700K
State agencies look to recoup some trial costs
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2011 6:09 AM CDT
Casey Anthony leaves with attorney Jose Baez from the Orange County Jail after she was acquitted of murdering daughter Caylee on July 17, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Casey Anthony might want to take Larry Flint's $500,000 offer seriously: The taxpayer-funded tab in the investigation into daughter Caylee's disappearance and Anthony's subsequent murder trial has hit almost $700,000, according to new figures released yesterday, and various agencies are looking to Anthony to pony up. A hearing is set for August 25 to determine how much of that Anthony owes, reports Reuters. The breakdown:

  • Orange County Sheriff's Office, $293,123 —The largest bill covers the five-month investigation that began when Cindy Anthony reported Caylee missing through the discovery of her body. "An incredible amount of manpower was deployed and over 6,000 tips were received requiring extensive man hours," reads the report, which said many costs couldn't be separated fairly.
  • Orange County court clerk, $186,903 —The cost of selecting a jury, as well as feeding and housing the 12 jurors and five alternates.
  • Orange County prosecutor's office, $91,000—This number was previously reported.
  • Anthony's defense, $119,000—After Anthony was declared indigent, taxpayers footed this bill.