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Judge to announce Longoria venue Monday

Capital murder suspect Adam Longoria, right, confers with defense attorney Tim Frieden of the Death Penalty Defense Unit during a motion hearing Wednesday in Barton County District Court. The defense team moved for a change of venue and a ruling is expected Monday.

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The decision of whether or not to move Adam Longoria’s capital murder trial away from Barton County won’t be announced until Monday, District Judge Hannelore Kitts said.

Longoria returned to the Barton County Courthouse on Wednesday for a pretrial hearing on pending motions, including a change of venue request. He is charged with capital murder in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt in August 2010, and his jury trial is scheduled to start March 26.

Defense attorneys Jeffrey Wicks and Tim Frieden argued that Longoria might not be able to receive a fair trial in Great Bend, based ...

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