Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout ruled Tuesday that alleged double homicide suspect John Lovett is eligible for bail and the jury for the February trial proceedings will be selected from another venue.
Although the Grand Jury handed down two indictments in February, according to Trout's order, the lengthy evidentiary review process indicated the state's circumstantially based evidence in the case was not sufficient enough to prevent Lovett from receiving bail.
Trout ordered the previously established $200,000 bond in April will stand and that no 10 percent will be allowed.
On June 5, 2008, the defense counsel requested a change of venue from Clay County, claiming that the case was a source of great controversy, rumor, gossip and innuendo in the community. Four days later, the prosecution indicated to the court they did not object to the trial jury being selected from another county.
To ensure the case is judged by fair and impartial proceedings, Trout agreed the case should be venued out of Clay County.
He ordered both parties to provide the court within seven days from the court order their preliminary selection(s) as to which county to venue the case. If they don't agree on a county within seven days, Trout will provide a list of counties to strike from to determine the venue county.
According to officials at the Clay County Justice Center, Lovett currently remains incarcerated at the facility.
This story will be updated as more details become available.
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