Venue change request denied for trial in Alton Sterling suit

Louisiana News

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge in Louisiana has rejected a change-of-venue request in a civil lawsuit over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling.

Judge William Morvant’s Monday decision means a trial that was scheduled for March 1 will remain in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Sterling was a Black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Baton Rouge in 2016. The Advocate reports Parish Attorney Andy Dotson filed a motion seeking the change.

Lawyers for the city of Baton Rouge have argued the local jury pool has been influenced by media coverage about protests on police brutality.

Morvant says he would consider another request if they’re unable to find jurors who haven’t formed an opinion about Sterling’s death.

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