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Until further notice, Cottrell jury will come from Hamilton County

Friday, June 30, 2006

For the time being, Chad A. Cottrell's attorneys will have to deal with a jury selected from Hamilton County.

The June 21st plea from Eric Koselke (one of Cottrell's attorneys) was not strong enough to persuade Hamilton Superior Court No. 3 Judge William J. Hughes to pool jury members from another county.

On Wednesday, Hughes denied the Amended Change of Venue motion requesting to bring in jurors from another county.

Hughes gave Cottrell's attorney's, Koselke and Jessie Cook, the option to renew the motion if more evidence could be presented.

The Amended Motion for Change of Venue was filed in May shortly after the trial was moved to Hamilton County from Parke County. The reason for the amended motion was listed as being the amount of publicity surrounding the case in that county would make difficult to find an unbiased jury.

During the June 21 pre-trial hearing, Koselke presented evidence to support the change of venue and even was granted $10,500 to purchase video clips from a media firm that has compiled case-related information on more than 100 broadcasts from the Indianapolis-area affiliate stations of ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.

The trial for Cottrell is slated to begin April 30, it will run Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for two to four weeks.

Cottrell, 35, is charged with three counts of murder for the Halloween weekend 2005 slayings of his wife, Trisha Cottrell, 29, and two stepdaughters, Brittany, 12, and Victoria, 10, Williams, in the Cottrell's rural Parke County home.

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