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Lawyers seek to move MS-13 murder trial from Virginia county

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Attorneys representing a man accused of being an MS-13 gang member and slaying a Virginia teen want to relocate his January trial, saying news coverage has biased potential jurors.

Citing court filings, The News and Advance of Lynchburg reports attorney Anthony Anderson says client 21-year-old Kevin Josue Soto-Bonilla can’t receive a fair trial in Bedford County. Soto-Bonilla is one of five men charged with capital murder in the March 2017 death of 17-year-old Raymond Wood.

The filing says a local trial would lack due process because the national dialogue surrounding immigration and the news coverage of the case may have biased potential jurors. However, County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance says he’s confident a jury can be seated.

Three of Soto-Bonilla’s co-defendants are scheduled to be tried later this year.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/

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