The first-degree murder trial of a Cumberland man accused of strangling and robbing an elderly resident will be moved from Allegany County to Montgomery County, a judge said Friday.
The venue was announced by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, administrative judge for the Fourth Circuit.
Allegany County State's Attorney Michael Twigg has said he will seek the death penalty for Mark D. Preston, who is charged with strangling Carl A. Natale, 78, in Natale's home in February. Defendants in capital murder cases are granted an automatic change of venue if they request it.
Preston is charged with first-degree murder, theft, robbery and assault. Charging documents say he told police he used a phone cord to strangle Natale and then took money from his wallet. Natale's body was found in his home Feb. 3.