Prosecutor seeks change of venue in building crash

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, December 17 2014 Dec 17, 2014 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:48:00 PM CST December 17, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - A central Missouri prosecutor facing five felony charges after crashing his car into a popular downtown Columbia restaurant is seeking a change of venue to move the case from Boone County.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea wants an out-of-town jury due to media coverage of the late October wreck at Addison's restaurant.

A grand jury indicted him in November for leaving after backing his pickup truck into a glass wall. Flying debris from the crash injured four people.

The indictment alleges that Healea was under the influence of alcohol, but he wasn't charged with alcohol-related offenses.

Healea has said in he wasn't initially aware of the crash but immediately returned to the restaurant and identified himself as the driver when alerted.

 

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