Ala. judge denies venue change in DeBlase trial


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Mobile has denied a request for a change of venue in the upcoming trial of a man charged with murder in the deaths of his two children whose bodies were dumped in the woods of rural Alabama and Mississippi. reports ( ) Mobile County Circuit Judge Rick Stout on Thursday denied the request made by attorneys for John DeBlase.

DeBlase and his common-law wife, Heather Leavell-Keaton, have been indicted in the 2010 deaths of 4-year-old Natalie and 3-year-old Chase by poisoning, asphyxiation, starvation or dehydration.

DeBlase's attorneys had argued pre-trial publicity has made it impossible to find impartial jurors.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Oct. 21, with opening statements on Oct. 31. Keaton's trial will be separate.


Information from: Press-Register,

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