While one inmate fights a death row conviction, taxpayers are footing the bill.
Marlon Duane Kiser faces three death sentences after being convicted for shooting Deputy Donald Bond with a high-powered assault rifle back in 2001. Bond interrupted Kiser, trying to torch a fruit stand in East Brainerd.
More than a decade after his original conviction, Marlon Kiser is still fighting for a second chance at a trial. But, with every one of Kiser's appeals there's a dollar amount attached to each hearing. A dollar amount coming right out of the taxpayers wallet.
But, just how much are we talking?
The cost to house a death row inmate is about 103 dollars a day over the last 11 years that totals to more than 416-thousand dollars. And there's plenty of extra security measures that you don't get to see like an underground tunnel only used to safely transport inmates from the jail to the courthouse.
"We want to make sure that every inmate is safe and to keep the public safe," says Joe Fowler, Chief of Corrections.
A spokesperson with the Tennessee Department of Corrections tells us that they have not totaled the cost to transport Kiser from a Maximum security prison in Nashville back to Chattanooga, but they do say that there are so many variables that include mileage, length of court proceeding and overtime incurred
With Monday's hearing continued to October, that extension adds another two months onto a decade long appeal process.
by Mikaya Thurmond