Monroe prison guard murder trial cost $1.5 million

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - It cost more than $1.5 million to try a Monroe Reformatory inmate for strangling a corrections officer.

The Daily Herald reports Snohomish County agencies - including the sheriff, prosecutor and medical examiner's offices - are asking the state to reimburse more than $900,000.

In addition, defense lawyers have submitted bills for nearly $400,000. And, Monroe authorities also have billed the state near $300,000.

Byron Scherf was convicted of aggravated murder in May and sentenced to die for killing Jayme Biendl in January 2011 in the chapel of the Washington state Reformatory. He's now on death row at the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla.