Local entities will get more than half a million dollars in outside money to cover costs associated with last year’s deadly Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, officials said.
McLennan County has accepted a state grant of more than $268,000, and the city has gotten an almost $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
County commissioners will meet Tuesday to officially accept the state money.
County staff had applied for a grant from the state’s County Essential Services Program. It offers reimbursements of costs a county incurs for the investigation or prosecution of capital murder or crimes committed because of bias or prejudice, according to the governor’s website.
County Administrator Dustin Chapman said the state awarded the county $268,527.72. Chapman said the grant is a reimbursement for money spent during and after the shootout. The largest part of the request was at $190,010.98 to cover inmate housing at the Jack Harwell Detention Center, Chapman said. Inmates included in the request for reimbursement were in custody between two and 91 days, according to county documents.
County employees logged 1,855.5 overtime hours, for a total pay of $53,898, according to county documents.
Funding from the state also will cover the $2,025 incurred to transport the nine people killed for autopsies, which ran $225 per body. State funding also will cover the $22,500 cost to perform the nine autopsies.
The last time McLennan County received funding from the state’s County Essential Services Program, it got between $40,000 and $50,000 to cover costs associated with a two-week capital murder trial that was moved to Williamson County in 2013.
In February, when commissioners directed staff to apply for the grant, County Judge Scott Felton said the shootout was a statewide issue and not just a county matter, a comment previously repeated by area leaders.
City receives money
A few weeks ago, the city of Waco also got word it would receive outside money to cover costs associated with the shootout.
The city received a $248,941 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, said Frank Patterson, coordinator of the Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management.
Patterson said the funding will cover overtime costs.