Justin Love requests trial to be moved out of Wichita Co.
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The 30th District Court held a hearing Thursday to see if Justin Love’s murder case will be moved out of Wichita County.
Attorneys for Love filed paperwork on Jan. 14 suggesting that the court upon its own motion change the venue to another district because of “prejudicial pretrial publicity,” among other reasons. This spurred Thursday’s evidentiary hearing, where attorneys called witnesses, including representatives from several local media outlets, to testify on if they thought coverage of the case had hurt the chances for a fair and impartial trial.
The change in venue hearing is the latest in a case that’s spanned over six years. Love was tried and convicted for the June 2015 murder of Dominic Thrasher in December of 2018. The Second Court of Appeals of Fort Worth overturned Love’s murder charge in March of 2020. He was thus to be given a new trial with the district court.
Love was then arrested on two counts of aggravated perjury in November of that year, with the charges dating back to the 2018 murder trial.
Love has been held without bond in the Wichita County Jail since January of 2021.
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