Originally Published: March 7, 2002 5:15 p.m.
PRESCOTT – Phillip Bocharski's de-fense attorneys estimate it will cost as much as $100,000 for a mitigation expert to help with Bocharski's first-degree murder case.
A jury convicted Bocharski, 40, of the May 1995 stabbing death of 84-year-old Freeda Brown in Congress. The jury believed he stabbed her in the head at least 16 times and stole $500 from her. After the jury found him guilty in September 1996, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge William Kiger sentenced him to death. However, the Arizona Supreme Court ordered that Kiger re-sentence him.