MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Michael Newell's attorney wants the Martinsburg man's trial on murder and kidnapping charges moved out of Berkeley County, saying he doesn't believe county residents could form an impartial jury.
Aaron Amore filed a motion for change of venue Wednesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.
He admits it will be difficult to prove.
Amore said he's considering conducting a poll of Berkeley County residents in an attempt to prove they're biased against Newell, 39, who is charged in the kidnapping and beating death of his niece, 7-year-old Jessica Newell.
An evidentiary hearing before a Berkeley County Circuit judge has not been set. At that hearing, Amore will present his reasons and evidence, which will likely include newspaper stories that tracked Newell's case and letters to the editor from residents about the case.