A man accused of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence in Pontiac, South Carolina, was denied the option of moving his trial into a different county. The defendent received these charges in October 2013 after his truck careened into the median of Interstate 55, striking a marked squad car. The officer and his K-9 partner were killed as a result of the collision.
The man's defense lawyer issued a motion to move the trial outside of Livingston County, where the accident occurred. He argued that a 150-person sample of the population demonstrated a strong bias against his client, and was not likely to produce an impartial jury.
His motion was denied by Judge Robert Travers, who deemed the survey insignificant. He stated that the data was not sufficient to provide an accurate depiction of the population of the 38,000 inhabitants of Livingston County. Travers noted that, in addition to lacking scope, the information was not taken according to scientific or academic standards. The man's pretrial hearing will be held on August 26.
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