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Change of venue denied

Adam Longoria is shown in this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 8, during a motions hearing in Barton County District Court. On Monday Judge Hannelore Kitts denied the defense motion for a change of venue in Longoria’s upcoming jury trial.

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Barton County District Court Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday denied a motion seeking a change of venue for the trial of Adam Longoria. The trial, currently scheduled to begin on March 26, will remain in Barton County.

Ron Keefover from the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, acting as the designated media coordinator for this case, e-mailed the judge’s decision Monday afternoon. Her journal entry on the decision has not yet been posted.

Longoria, 37, is charged with capital murder in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt of Great Bend in August 2010. The charge alleges he committed first degree ...

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