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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ind. Courts - Judge concerned there won’t be enough unbiased jurors in Howard County for the trial

Scott Smith of the Kokomo Tribune reported yesterday in a story that begins:

The judge presiding over the criminal case against two Kokomo doctors expressed concerns Friday there won’t be enough unbiased jurors in Howard County to try Don and Marilyn Wagoner.

But those concerns weren’t enough for Howard Superior Court 1 Judge William Menges to grant the Wagoners a venue change.

Menges also turned back defense suggestions that he’d be biased because one of his relatives by marriage was a patient of the Wagoners about six or seven years ago.

“I think it’s more problematic that there are 40,000 [current or former] Wagoner patients in the area,” Menges said during Friday’s hearing. “It may be tough getting a jury.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 23, 2013 07:10 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts