Charlie Ely's Murder Trial will Stay in Marion County
It is a horrific murder case. Wednesday, two of the six people accused in the murder of 15-year-old Seath Jackson of Summerfield stood before a Marion County judge.
Charlie Ely, 19, is charged with first degree murder. Ely was in handcuffs and sometimes in tears during Wednesday's hearing.
Her defense received some blows. The judge denied the defense's motion to move the trial to another county in search of what Ely's attorney called an unbiased jury.
"I do not want a jury that thinks that the trial is a sham and is going to run straight to a conviction," Ely's attorney, Jonathan F. Bull told TV20. "That is a miscarriage of justice, and from every public posting, I have seen, that is what is going to happen."
The judge also ruled the defense can not claim duress- a move that would have allowed Ely to say that she was coerced by her co-defendant Micheal Bargo.
Bargo was brought on the stand Wednesday to proclaim his privilege of pleading the fifth amendment.
Ely's trial is set to begin this September.
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