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Judge denies venue change request

Posted: Thursday, Dec 26th, 2013

DEL NORTE — The trial of Daniel Bessey won’t be moved to another jurisdiction—yet.

Chief 12th Judicial District Judge Patti Swift heard motions for a change of venue as part of a daylong series of motions filed by attorneys for the 43-year-old Bessey, who has been in the Rio Grande County Jail since January 2013.

Bessey’s trial, on an array of charges including two counts of first-degree murder, has been set for 8 a.m. each day from Feb.10 to 28.

The State Public Defender filed an affidavit in support of the change of venue. Deputy Public Defender Jill Allen told the judge pre-trial publicity is such that jury selection will be difficult, and so will a fair trial.

For the complete article see the 12-26-2013 issue.

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