Man Charged With Officer's Death Seeks Change Of Venue - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

05/05/04

Man Charged With Officer's Death Seeks Change Of Venue

The man accused of killing Moss Point Officer Larry Lee went to court Tuesday seeking a change of venue in his upcoming capital murder trial. 28 year old Jonathan White's attorneys say their client can't get a fair trial if his jurors is selected for Jackson County residents.

White is accused of killing Lee after he allegedly drove his car into the patrolman's parked car while fleeing from a routine traffic stop.

Tuesday lawyers from the Public Defender's Office and the District Attorney's Office argued their cases in Circuit Court.

"The defense is arguing that there's extensive pretrial publicity which will prevent him from receiving a fair trial," says District Attorney Tony Lawrence.

To find out if the defense's claims were right, Lawrence brought in ten citizens and asked them questions regarding the case. The majority of them were unfamiliar with the details surrounding Officer Lee's death.

During the days proceedings White also spoke on his behalf. Against the advice of his attorneys he read a prepared statement in which he accused the media of treating him unfairly.

"They published my name and showed racism and prejudice. It's hard to say people know nothing about this case when all the details are always in the news," said Jonathan White

Judge Dale Harkey took the motion for venue change under advisement and both sides expect a ruling by Friday.

By: Josh Ridgdell

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