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Judge won't rule on venue change until jury selection

June 30, 2015

A judge says she'll wait until jury selection to decide whether to move the trial of a Bloomington man charged with murder in the fatal beating of an Indiana University student.

Brown Circuit Judge Judith Stewart wrote in a ruling Friday that most media coverage of the slaying of 22-year-old Indiana University student Hannah Wilson was outside Brown County, where her body was found April 24 near Lake Lemon, about 10 miles northwest of IU's Bloomington campus.

The Herald-Times reports Stewart wrote in the ruling that the best way to determine whether jurors in Brown County have been swayed by media coverage is to ask them during jury selection.

No trial date has been set for 49-year-old Daniel Messel. He's being held at the Brown County Jail without bond.
 

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