Michael Cisneros

MASON CITY | The cost of the legal defense for a former Mason City man acquitted of first-degree murder topped $125,000, according to online court documents.

A list of fees for for the two attorneys and other personnel involved in the defense of Michael Cisneros, 38, have been filed with the court for payment.

Cisneros was accused of killing 20-month-old John Snyder Jr. in Mason City in 1994. A Cerro Gordo County jury found him not guilty on July 14.

Letitia Turner and Steven Kloberdanz with the state public defender's office in Mason City were appointed by the court to represent Cisneros. They certified 1,280 hours of work at $70 per hour for a total of $89,600 in legal fees.

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Other fees included $3,443 for the preparation of transcripts by a court reporter, $9,680 in deposition costs, $6,123 for the services of an investigator and $6,360 in fees for expert witnesses.

Cisneros was charged in July 2013 and spent approximately one year in the Cerro Gordo County Jail. He was released July 15.

— Peggy Senzarino

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