Markel murder trial will stay in Tallahassee
September 29, 2016
It took a judge less than 24 hours to deny a request for a change of venue for one of the men accused in the murder of FSU professor Dan Markel.
Luis Rivera's attorney asked to move the trial out of Tallahassee citing "extensive media coverage" of the case.
Defense attorney Chuck Collins argued that would make it difficult to seat a fair and impartial jury.
The judge denied the motion, but said the defense can renew its request after trying to seat a jury.
Rivera is set for trial October 24th.
September 28, 2016
One of the men accused in the murder of FSU professor Dan Markel wants his trial moved out of Tallahassee.
Luis Rivera's attorney filed for a change of venue Wednesday afternoon.
Defense attorney Chuck Collins argued 'that there is a strong likelihood" Rivera can't get a fair trial citing "extensive media overage."
A judge could rule on the request at a hearing next Thursday, October 6th.
Collins also asked the judge to keep jurors from hearing any evidence about Rivera's alleged gang affiliation with the Latin Kings. Collins argued it "is not relevant" to the Markel case and even if a judge decides it is relevant, it's too prejudicial.
Rivera is set to stand trial October 24th.
Co-defendant Sigfredo Garcia is scheduled to stand trial on November 14.