Council OKs $50k more for ex-officer

Former Hawaii County police officer Jody Buddemeyer, left, and his attorney, Brian De Lima, await the verdict in his trial in Kona Circuit Court. (TIFFANY DEMASTERS/West Hawaii Today, file)

HILO — Taxpayers’ legal fees defending a former police officer who struck and killed a bicyclist have reached $100,000 following a vote by the County Council on Tuesday adding another $50,000 for an outside attorney to appeal the negligent homicide conviction.