published Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Hamilton County's $41,000 prisoner costs nearly $400 a day

A 62-year-old man charged in the road rage shooting death of Alex Gallman in December has become one of the most expensive defendants held in sheriff's custody in recent years.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said today that he told court officials Richard Manning costs his department more than $380 a day, with a bill of more than $41,000 for the 77 days he's been held so far.

Manning suffered a stroke days after the Dec. 17, 2013 shooting and is being treated at Erlanger Hospital with a tracheotomy.

Police charged Manning after witnesses said he shot and killed Gallman, 39, during an alleged road rage incident and then fled the scene.

Because he is being held on a charge of first-degree murder he requires two deputies to supervise him 24 hours a day.

Manning's attorney Lloyd Levitt first sought to have a lower bond set for his client but has since withdrawn that request. He's previously said that he wants Manning transferred to a treatment or hospice-type care facility but local centers don't want armed guards accompanying the patient.

General Sessions Judge Christie Sell set another status hearing for April 10 in the case Wednesday.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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