Tamara Sack, attorney for Tucker, is requesting the court change the venue of the trial to a county “where publicity regarding this case has not been prevalent.”
Media coverage of the case “has been so extensive that the defendant will not be able to receive a fair trial in Butler County,” Sack said in the motion.
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Change of venue is something that can only be considered after jury selection begins, according to Butler County Assistant Prosecutor David Kash.
“Until we are unable to seat 12 jurors who cannot be impartial, no court can decide (change of venue),” Kash told this news outlet.
Sack has also filed a motion to sever Tucker’s case from Parker’s, meaning the two men would have separate trials.
Prosecutors say Parker solicited Tucker to light the fire.