The State of Alabama has decided that Elmore County is the county closest to Lee County capable of impaneling a jury “free of prejudice” for the trial of accused Toomer’s Oaks poisoner Harvey Updyke.
The decision was issued Wednesday, two days after Lee County district attorney Robbie Treese, fearing a conviction could be overturned on the grounds the trial should have been moved due to intense media attention (including this “local paper“), dropped his objection to a change of venue.
Updyke’s trial is still scheduled to begin April 8, less than two weeks away from AU’s planned final rolling of the Toomer’s Oaks (which, speaking of intense media attention, ESPN will probably be in town for).
“It is also coincidentally unfortunate that the activities surrounding ‘A-Day’ could further exacerbate the jury selection process if the case were tried [in Lee County] in April,” the order granting the motion reads.
You can read the order in its entirety here.
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