HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III on Monday granted a change of venue in the murder trial of Douglas Wayne Pryor, who is charged with killing the mother of his children and a Smithsburg police officer in December 2007.
Wright transferred the trial to Montgomery County Circuit Court at the request of the defense. Such a change of venue is automatic in capital cases if the defense requests it. A court date has not been set.
Pryor is charged in the Dec. 19, 2007, stabbing death of Alison Munson, 31, of Halfway. He also is charged with fatally shooting Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson later that night as Nicholson awaited backup during the ensuing manhunt.
Authorities captured Pryor during a shootout hours later.
Pryor faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Munson and Nicholson. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if Pryor is convicted.