Defense Seeks to Move Murder Trial Out of Reno Co.

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Defense attorneys want a change of venue in the death penalty case of a Kansas man charged with sexually assaulting and killing an 85-year-old woman.

Lawyers in the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit filed a motion this week asking District Court to move the trial of 44-year-old Marvin Gifford Jr. of McPherson out of Reno County. A hearing on the request is scheduled for Monday.

Gifford is charged with sexually assaulting Pearl Arthaud on May 18 in her assisted-living apartment in Buhler. He's also accused of sexually assaulting two other elderly women in Reno County in April.

Gifford's attorneys also want the court to suppress statements Gifford made to investigators on June 3, the day of his arrest.

Gifford's trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 20.

Information from: The Hutchinson News,