Attorneys for Adam Longoria are still trying to get his upcoming jury trial moved to a location outside of Barton County. On Wednesday, defense attorneys in the capital murder case filed a supplement to a previous motion seeking a change of venue, noting, "media coverage of this case has continued since the defendant’s (earlier) filings."
Longoria, 37, is charged murdering 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt after an attempted sexual assault. The Great Bend girl went missing the night of Aug. 21, 2010, after saying she was going to a party. Her charred remains were found days later near an asphalt plant south of town.
The jury trial for Longoria is scheduled to start March 26 in Barton County District Court. District Judge Hannelore Kitts has already denied the defense’s motion seeking a change of venue. A Feb. 14 article on her ruling appeared in the Great Bend Tribune. That article is included in the supplement filed Wednesday.
In addition to the most recent Tribune articles on the proceedings, the supplement includes two letters in the Tribune’s Public Forum, where readers question why Longoria appears "in suit clothes" at his court appearances. Judge Kitts granted a motion filed in September of 2010 that allows Longoria to wear civilian clothing whenever he appears before the public, so as not to impair the presumption of innocence.
"Whether (the newspaper articles) are factual or not is irrelevant," the defense motion states. "The fact remains that this case is of major importance to the community and continues to receive significant coverage."