VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A judge on Friday granted a change of venue request for Othal Wallace, who will stand trial in the 2021 shooting death of a Daytona Beach police officer.
Wallace, 31, is accused of shooting Daytona Beach police Officer Jason Raynor in the head on June 23, 2021. Wallace, who was found in Georgia, was arrested on murder charges 56 hours after the shooting. The 26-year-old officer died on Aug. 17.
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The judge said the defense change of venue was allowed because it would be difficult to seat an impartial jury in Volusia County because of pre-trial publicity.
The defense suggested the trial be held in Alachua, Broward or Leon counties. The state argued that the defense wants to cherry-pick a Democrat-leaning county. The state wants the trial to be held in the 7th Circuit, suggesting St. Johns County as an alternative.
The judge said he will decide on the venue at a later date. He also ruled that the trial will start on September 5.
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