Here is a story about a court ordering a jury consultant for an indigent defendant accused of murdering a police officer. According to the article, the court has allocated $60,690 to hire a jury consultant for the defense. I am surprised that more attorneys don't make this request to the court especially in death penalty cases.
For those interested in learning more about using or employing trial consultants in criminal cases involving indigent clients, I recommend viewing the website of Marjorie Fargo of Jury Services Inc who provides a sample of court appointment materials.
Seattle Times: Accused cop-killer gets public funds to hire jury consultant