Carter trial was expensive

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Marion County Attorney Ed Bull estimated that the cost of the Jason Carter murder trial was going to be $150,000. Though no final figure is yet available, Bull believes the actual cost was less than that, maybe $90,000.

The trial was moved to Council Bluffs due to pretrial publicity, which increased costs for travel, food and hotel rooms. When reviewing non-expert witness claims in public court records, there are 14 listed that totaled $2,082.40.

Further financial information may have been sealed from public view, according to the Clerk of Court office.