Thursday, November 26, 2009
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During a hearing Wednesday morning at the Dougherty County Jail, Graham argued that Buie's chances of getting a fair and impartial jury had been significantly affected by sheer amount of media coverage it garnered since city officials announced he was the focus of an investigation back in July.
Buie's trial has tenatively been set for December 14, Graham said, but Marshall said she was concerned that if the motion for a change of venue was granted that there would be no way to empanel a jury in another jurisdiction by that date.
The court is trying to adhere to Buie's demand for a speedy trial which limits the amount of time that can elapse before his trial starts.
If the change is granted, both Graham and Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Cohilas said that they would consider three possible locations-- Brunswick in Glynn County, Macon in Bibb County and Fort Valley in Peach County.
Buie was not in the courtroom at the Dougherty County Jail where his hearing took place, choosing instead to waive his right to appear. Marshall denied media requests to allow cameras in the courtroom for the hearing.