Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn asked the Pulaski County Council this week for an additional appropriation for $25,000 for examination of prisoners.
Paul Katschke is accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend, 34-year-old Amber Rene Taylor, in their Denham home in August of last year. Katschke has undergone court-ordered mental competency evaluations. Judge Shurn said there were $12,000 to $13,000 in outstanding bills that need to be paid.
“There are doctor depositions, we’re going to have a hearing on competency, and then we’re going to have an insanity defense – now pending. The doctors have examined that. They’ll come back one more time to testify in pre-hearings and then they’ll come back to testify in regards to trial – if they actually go to trial,” said Shurn.
Judge Shurn told the council that if the trial is held, he could request an additional $50,000 to cover costs.
The council unanimously approved the advertisement for the funds as presented.