Attorneys for Lindsey Lowe request change of venue
Nov 29, 2012 05:01 PM
Lindsey Lowe is charged with suffocating her newborn twin boys in September of 2011.
Judge Dee David Gay says he expects to have plenty of jurors to pull from when jury selection begins next March.
GALLATIN, Tenn. -
The Hendersonville woman charged with killing her newborn twins in September of 2011 appeared in a Sumner County courtroom Thursday as her attorneys argued for a change of venue.
Lindsey Lowe sat in between her lawyers John Pellegrin and James Ramsey during the morning hearing.
The two told Judge Dee David Gay that there had been "undue excitement" surrounding the Lowe case, principally from comments posted following stories on various media Web sites about the newborn deaths.
Ramsey told the judge that in a survey commissioned for the defense team, "63% of those asked if they had an opinion already had an opinion."
District Attorney Ray Whitley told the judge that there have been a number of Sumner County cases over the years with "intense" media coverage, but "we had no trouble in selecting a jury."
"We only have to get 14 jurors out of a population of 160,000 here in Sumner County and I think we can do that," the DA told Nashville's News 2 after the hearing.
Judge Gay decided to take the issue under advisement until when jury selection begins for the scheduled March 2013 trial.
"Hopefully, when we run through some of these issues, we'll have plenty of jurors to pull from," Gay said.
He cautioned though that, "If and when we run through this panel [of jurors] and we have issues, I will consider what you all have asked," Judge Gay said pointing at Lowe's attorneys.
On December 10, the judge said he consider a motion filed this week by Lowe's attorneys asking for an appeal of his previous ruling earlier this month that an alleged confession made to police by the young mother could be used as evidence
Lowe faces two counts of felony first degree murder, two counts of pre-meditated first degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.
She is currently out of jail on bond and staying with family.