Attorneys for Brooke Skylar Richardson, the Carlisle 18-year-old accused of killing her infant and then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home, recently filed a motion for change of venue in the case.
It included a memorandum supporting the motion that caused a strongly worded response from the judge.
Charles H. Rittgers and Charles M. Rittgers, the attorneys, filed the motion Friday for a change of venue to move the trial “for the reasons contained in the following memorandum.”
That memorandum apparently was four pages long and contained specifics of the case. Last year, Warren County Judge Donald Oda II issued a gag order prohibiting all parties involved in the case from making public statements about the case.
In his response to the change of venue motion, Oda said, “this case is not going to be tried in the press.”
The defense team later responded to the judge’s filing said, in part, “The court’s order, which is now in the public sphere, is casting doubt as to the defense counsel’s sincerity, credibility, and truthfulness by indicating that the court is troubled by the defense memorandum.”
Read the documents involved this motion and response below:
What the defense lawyers filed (with the pages mentioned by the judge stricken):
The judge’s response:
The defense’s response to the judge’s filing:
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