Judge Denies Change of Venue For Now

Judge Denies Change of Venue For Now

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Lawyers for one of the highest profile murder cases in Mobile County are seeking a change of venue.  Lawyers for John Deblase want the trial moved because they worry they won’t find an unbiased jury in this area.  Deblase and his common law wife are accused of killing his children Natalie and Chase in 2010.

Judge Rick Stout ruled that so far he's not satisfied that presumptive prejudice has been met.  He's denying the change of venue motion at this time but admits that could change with continued media coverage.  The defense also asked for a gag order but the judge also denied that saying it was intrusive. 

  A change of venue could cost Mobile County a lot of money in travel and lodging expenses.  Earlier this year a retrial was ordered in another high profile murder case.  Lam Luong was granted a retrial because an appeals court ruled he couldn’t have received an impartial jury in Mobile County.  He was convicted of throwing his four children off the Dauphin Island Bridge in 2008. 

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