(GREAT BEND, Kan.) — A judge denied Adam Longoria's motion for a change of venue Monday afternoon according to a court officer.
Longoria’s attorneys spent most of a hearing last week talking about things they wanted for his March murder trial. Longoria is charged with killing 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt in August of 2010. Her burned body was found at an asphalt plant, where Longoria worked.
Longoria's attorneys wanted his trial moved to another county. It was the first motion to be discussed in court.
During the hearing on the change of venue motion, the judge heard from the managing editor of the Great Bend Tribune newspaper, describing what the paper has covered on the Longoria case so far.
The judge also heard from Shirley Drew, a professor at Pittsburg State University. Drew described a study she conducted of about 400 resident in Barton County to what how many already had knowledge of the Longoria case and how they felt about it.