Lawyers for Gail Gerlach, who killed a thief stealing his SUV and was later found not guilty in court, won't be getting paid as much as they hoped for their work on the case.
On Monday Judge Annette Plese slashed the bill for the lawyers who represented Gerlach during his first degree manslaughter trial, finding the defense team's charges excessive and unnecessary.
Taxpayers are on the hook for Gerlach's legal bills because he convinced a jury he was acting in self defense when he fired that fatal shot. However Plese found the state had been overcharged and cut Gerlach's reimbursement with a six figure knife.
Last April Gerlach's attorneys won a speedy not guilty verdict for their client, sparing him what could have been a life sentence. After submitting a bill for $332,000 Gerlach's defense team found themselves defending claims it really shouldn't have taken three lawyers to try the case.