Judge denies request for venue change in Currin slaying

The Associated Press

CLINTON, Ky. — A judge in Western Kentucky has refused to move the trial of two defendants charged in the death of a teenage mother in 2000.

The Paducah Sun reports that Jeffery Burton and Tamara Caldwell will go on trial in Clinton County on Sept. 29.

Their attorneys had asked Graves Circuit Judge Tim Stark to move the trial to Graves County and have jurors brought in from a nearby county. Prosecutors said the trial should stay in Hickman County.

Stark said in an order signed Tuesday that the court should try to seat a jury in Clinton before considering a venue change.

Burton, of West Paducah, and Caldwell, of Mayfield, were two of five people charged last year in the killing of 18-year-old Jessica Currin. Two others pleaded guilty to lesser charges and a third, Quincy Omar Cross, of Tiptonville, Tenn., was convicted of murder and sentenced in May to life in prison with no chance for parole.

Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com
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