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Greenhouse hearing to determine if venue will change set for this afternoon
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September 25, 2017 -

MARKSVILLE, La. — A hearing to determine a change of venue in the trial of Norris Greenhouse, Jr. will begin at 1:30 p.m. today (Monday) in the 12th Judicial District Court in Marksville.

Last week, Greenhouse, Jr.'s attorney, George Higgins, filed a motion for a change of venue citing too much pretrial publicity as a potential factor for preventing his client from getting a fair trial in Avoyelles Parish.

Higgins wrote that he has “not previously witnessed the scope, magnitude and depth of media coverage granted the Greenhouse case” and has concluded his client “will not be able to receive a constitutionally mandated fair and impartial jury trial in Avoyelles Parish.”

Greenhouse’s trial on charges of 2nd degree murder of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the attempted 2nd degree murder of his father, Christopher Few, is scheduled to begin Oct. 2.

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office filed an opposition to the motion last week, countering that “while there has been extensive media coverage surrounding this case, the defendant asks this court to speculate” that all 600 Avoyelles residents in the pool of potential jurors have “read what he (Greenhouse) believes to be prejudicial pretrial publicity and (has) formed an opinion based on this prejudicial pretrial publicity.”


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