Court Case Costly

The Cassgram reports the trial for the Douglas County CSI chief has had more witnesses added.

David Kofoed is charged with a Class IV Felony. The charge was filed last April following an FBI investigation into how he handled evidence while assisting Cass County in the investigation of the Wayne and Sharmon Stock murders in rural Murdock in 2006.

The special prosecutor said he plans to piece together evidence that shows Kofoed planted or manufactured evidence, a blood spot in a car, to physically link two men to the murders. Those men are Nicholas Sampson and Matthew Livers. (Two Wisconsin teenagers pled guilty to the murders and Sampson and Livers were released when murder charges against them were dropped.) Another scenario is that Kofoed falsified evidence to cover up mistakes.

In a court hearing this week, the defense attorney told the judge what he had told reporters last year: that the Kofoed case may turn into a trial of the Stock murders. He told the court that his case will try to show what he said the Nebraska State Patrol and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department believe: that Livers and Sampson did play a role in the deaths.

Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier granted a motion submitted by special prosecutor Clarence Mock asking for additional witnesses. Lefler had objected to the motion. He said with the trial set for March 15th that didn’t give much time for his work with the new witnesses. Lefler said he was already “scared” about the timeframe with the approaching trial. Mock said he would have no objection to a continuance.

Rehmeier met with both attorneys following the hearing to talk about the scheduling.

---Rehmeier agreed to the defense request to have Cass County pay for just over $4,300 in defense costs already accumulated. The costs do not include attorney fees.

Lefler said Kofoed, who is on paid administrative leave from his CSI job, has cash flow problems and is indigent by court standards.

Lefler said he is charging Kofoed $25,000 for this defense and has not been paid, but knows the case and wants to try the case so therefore will not ask that a public defender be appointed.

A few weeks ago, Rehmeier allowed payment to Mock’s law firm in the amount of $9,285 for prosecuting attorney fees and costs. Action by the county board authorized the payment.

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