Attorneys For Billy Joe Craig Jr. Seek Change Of Venue

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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A Reno County judge has ordered a telephone survey of county residents to help determine if a man charged with murder can receive a fair trial there.

The Hutchinson News reports that defense attorneys for 50-year-old Billy Joe Craig Jr. have filed a motion for a change of venue in the case.

Reno County District Judge Tim Chambers said Friday he won't rule on the matter until the survey is completed.

Craig is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of 27-year-old Hutchinson resident Jennifer Heckel. His trial, which was set for Jan. 28, has now been postponed.

Prosecutors allege Craig and co-defendant, Charles Christopher Logsdon were targeting a local drug dealer but entered the wrong house.

Reno County jurors convicted Logsdon earlier of first-degree murder.

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