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Moeller's 20-year stay on death row cost the state nearly $1 million

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He's been on death row for more than twenty years, but tomorrow night, the state will execute Donald Moeller, the man convicted of the 1990 murder of nine-year-old Becky O'Connel.

As the case comes to a close, the cost of Moeller's time on death row and many appeals keeps adding up.

KSFY News has been looking into what the last twenty years of Moeller on death row has cost us.

It took twenty years for Donald Moeller to admit he was guilty of the crimes he was convicted of.  Last month, in federal court, Moeller said it was time.

Within those twenty years, he's been in and out of prison, made appeals and now his execution, all at a cost to you and the state.

Who says crime doesn't pay?  The cost of housing an inmate costs the state more than you may realize.

The cost to provide two hots and a cot, Moeller's food and shelter, has doubled from $33 dollars in 1993 to nearly $62 dollars today.

A cost of nearly $336,000 over twenty years. Enough to buy at least two houses in our area.

Moeller spent time in the county jail during his appeals.

Those expenses are paid out of a state fund.

South Dakota's "clerp" or Catastrophic Legal Expense Relief Program is a shared fund for counties statewide.

The funds can be used to cover expenses for counsel, court costs, witness fees and investigation costs.

Lincoln County submitted a bill to the state twice for Moeller's appeals.

One in 1997 for more than $450,000 and another in 1998 for more than $36,000.

Moeller's second trial took him to Pennington County.

It submitted a bill to the state for more than $2,000 dollars.

All in all, the cost of housing Moeller has not been cheap.

From the day Moeller first set foot in the state penitentiary in 1993, leading up to his execution tomorrow, his stay has cost us more than $824, 000.

With the prosecution to execution costs still being tallied, the final bill will come to more than $1million dollars.

Stay with KSFY for continuing coverage of the events leading up to Donald Moeller's execution.

We'll join you live from the South Dakota State Penitentiary with team coverage tomorrow night at ten.

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