HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – Reno County paid more than $7,000 for two last-minute plane tickets for witnesses in a criminal case.
The two roundtrip American Airlines tickets from Sioux City, Iowa, to Wichita on July 25 cost Reno County taxpayers $7,611. County commissioners approved the payment Tuesday.
The case involves a man who charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy. A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for July 25.
But Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder said negotiations that would have made the hearing unnecessary fell apart at the last minute, and the hearing was held, requiring the witnesses’ attendance.
The two witnesses are expected to return for the trial, but Schroeder says those tickets will be bought well in advance.