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Lawyer wants Holt trial moved

March 22, 2000

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The attorney for one of three people charged with killing a 20-year-old Hedgesville, W.Va., woman last year has asked for the trial to be moved.

Barry Beck, representing Casey Michelle Holt, 25, of 84-T Apple Way, Inwood, W.Va., was in federal court in Martinsburg Monday for a motions hearing.

Beck filed motions for both a change of venue and to suppress part of the prosecution's case, according to Fawn Thomas, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Seibert has not set a date for when he will rule on the motions, Thomas said.

Kirk Leon Grantham, 22, of Avery Street, Martinsburg, is facing drug and conspiracy charges, but is not accused of taking part in the killing.

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A trial for Holt, West, Jackson and Grantham is scheduled for April 18.

A fifth defendant, Vernel Michelle Newell, 29, of 100 Cottage Road, Martinsburg, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg last Tuesday to one count of distributing crack cocaine.

Newell was also not charged with killing Miller, but her "participation in the death" will be taken into account when she is sentenced.

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