ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) – (UPDATED 11:22 a.m.) A judge in St. Charles has agreed with accused killer Pamela Hupp that she needs a jury from elsewhere to receive a fair trial.
Circuit Court Judge Jon Cunningham announced he will import a jury from a county beyond the St. Louis media market for the October murder trial.
Which county that is will be announced in a week to 10 days.
The proceeding was quick, lasting about 4 minutes.
KMOX’s Kevin Killeen reports Hupp appeared to by comfortable and in a good mood as she came into the courtroom, smiling and chatting with her attorneys.
Killeen notes that the only reminder of the serioius undertaking were Hupp’s ankle cuffs, the chains clattering between her feet.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
Lawyers for accused killer Pamela Hupp go to court this morning to argue for a change of venue in her highly-publicized case.
Hupp’s unusual case, accused of killing one man to draw away attention from herself in another well known murder, has drawn so much public interest and media attention that her lawyers say she can’t get a fair trial here. There have even been news stories about whether she may have killed her mother, too, to get an inheritence.
Her lawyers might seek to have the trial moved to another county, or have a jury imported from other counties to keep a case local with fresh jurors. Judge Jon Cunningham will hear the case at 10:30 this morning.