To Small for a Trial?

GOVE, Kan. (AP) _ A western Kansas judge has asked the Kansas Supreme Court for permission to move a first-degree murder trial from Gove County to Trego County.

The trial of 61-year-old David Stevenson is scheduled to begin Aug. 3 in Gove, a town of fewer than 100 inhabitants. Stevenson is charged with the March 13 death of his 85-year-old father, Walter Stevenson.

District Judge Ed Bouker says the two-week trial should be moved because Gove has no lodgings for those taking part in the trial. Bouker wants the trial moved to WaKeeney in neighboring Trego County, which has motels and restaurants.

A change of venue is required for a trial to be moved to another judicial district. But Gove and Trego counties are in the same district, meaning that Bouker needs only the Kansas Supreme Court's permission to move it.

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