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Motion for change of venue granted

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Chad A. Cottrell, escorted by Parke County Sheriff's Deputy Eddie McHargue, appeared in

Parke Circuit Court Thursday afternoon for a pre-trial conference.

Cottrell's attorneys Jesse Cook and Eric Koselke filed a Change of Venue motion in hopes of moving the trial to another county.

Parke Prosecutor Steve Cvengros did not disagree with the motion. Cengros said the state would be concerned if the motion was not granted, because the defendant would be able to

petition for Post-Conviction Relief, a procedure that could find the State of Indiana at fault for not gtanting a change of venue.

Judge Sam Swaim granted the change of venue motion, giving the defendant and his attorneys a week to submit prospective counties and parameters for the court to consider. The next court appearance for Cottrell has been set for April 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Cottrell is being held at the Parke County Jail, charged for the Halloween weekend, 2005 murders of his wife, Trisha Cottrell, and his two stepdaughters, Brittany Williams, 12, and Victoria Williams, 10.

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