Change Of Venue Motion On Hold In Atmore Man’s Capital Murder Trial
August 22, 2013
A change of venue request in the capital murder trial of an Atmore man is on hold as jury selection in the case is set to begin next month.
Floyd was in court Wednesday morning in Brewton as Circuit Judge Bert Rice heard a change of venue motion from his attorneys, Charles Johns and Kevin McKinley. The defense attorneys say it’s not possible for Floyd to receive a fair trial in Escambia County, Ala., due to pretrial publicity.
Rice said he believes that it will be possible to seat an impartial jury in Escambia County despite pretrial publicity, and he won’t consider the change of venue motion until a jury is seated. Calling the case “complex litigation”, Rice said a large number of potential jurors will be called “from one end of the county to the other”.
The defense attorneys had subpoenaed several area newspaper publishers for Wednesday’s hearing, but they were dismissed without being called to the stand. Subpoenaed were Kerry Whipple Bean, publisher of The Brewton Standard and former publisher of The Atmore Advance; Joe Thomas, publisher of The Tri-City Ledger in Flomaton, Ala.; William Reynolds, publisher of NorthEscambia.com; and Sherry Digmon, publisher of The Atmore News. Digmon was unable to attend Wednesday’s hearing and had submitted requested information by affidavit.