Christopher Leclair Fights $700,000 Owed for Coast Guard Search for Murdered Wife
Even after his first-degree murder conviction for killing his wife, Christopher Leclair is fighting the money he has been ordered to pay as part of the murder investigation.
Leclair is now serving life without parole plus 17 years for the 2017 murder of his wife Karen.
A jury convicted him of shooting Karen Leclair in the head, tying an anchor to her body and dumping her into the lake from a commercial fishing boat.
Her body was found weeks later off the shores of western New York.
Prior to that, the Coast Guard searched parts of the lake where authorities thought her body could be.
The price tag for the search came to around $700,000.
Leclair is now fighting the restitution. He said it is an estimate and not the actual cost.
A judge is expected to consider Leclair's request at a hearing Wednesday morning.